Maize

The key characteristics of a good maize crop for holding game are that it has good early vigour and stands through the shooting season. It should also be sown on wide rows and kept weed free. Some people are looking for a very early variety that produces early cobs and can be flailed off as the season progresses to provide a good food source, whereas others want a very late maturing variety that doesn’t produce any feed value so as not to attract the unwanted attention of corvids, rats, badgers and deer. And somewhere in the middle sit the majority of our customers who are looking for a maize that gets away strongly, produces cobs that mature in October and stands through the season.

 In addition to our standard portfolio we now have a variety, Marcamo, with a reasonably high degree of eyespot resistance.

We therefore have 5 types from which to choose:

Maize Seed Treatments – Optiplus is a combination of the bird repellent, Korit, the fungicide Maxim XL and trace elements magnesium and zinc, which help establishment. Influx XL and Redigo M are fungicide treatments. Take-Off ST is a growth stimulant resulting in quicker emergence and enhanced rooting.

Oakbank Maize (vr Okato FAO 230)
  • Proven variety
  • Take-Off ST seed treatment produces faster emergence and stronger root and stem structure
  • Mid-maturity
  • Good standing power
    • Seed treatment – Optiplus / Take-Off ST
    • Bag size – 45,000 seeds
    • Recommended  seed rate 100 – 120,000 seeds/ha
Game Maize (Amando FAO320)
  • Proven variety
  • Mid-maturity
  • Good standing power
    • Seed treatment – Optiplus
    • Bag size – 50,000 seeds
    • Recommended  seed rate 100 – 120,000 seeds/ha
Late (no cob) Maize ( AgroKing FAO 600)
  • Very late maturing
  • Good standing power
  • Seed treatment – Optiplus
    • Bag size – 50,000 seeds
    • Max seed rate 120,000 seeds/ha
Super-early Maize (vr Emmerson FAO 160)
  • Proven variety in the UK
  • Super-early for guaranteed cobs
  • Good standing power
    • Seed treatment – Korit/Redigo M
    • Bag size – 50,000 seeds
    • Recommended seed rate 100,000 seeds/ha
Eyespot resistant Maize (vr Marcamo FAO 220)
  • On 2021 BSPB descriptive list
  • Scores 7.4 for eyespot resistance (where 1 is poor and 9 is excellent)
  • Mid maturity
    • Seed treatment – Optiplus
    • Bag size – 50,000 seeds
    • Recommended seed rate 100,000 seeds/ha
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