Limagrain UK is running its maize under plastic trial for a fourth year, to provide growers in this country with up-to-date information on how different varieties perform. The trial will look at 12 of Limagrainâs top performing varieties, as well as screening up to 44 new varieties for the first time. The trial was sown on 29 March, in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Using fully replicated plots, the trial will evaluate variety emergence through plastic, and at harvest, measure the DM yield. It will also examine the suitability of different varieties for higher value uses such as grain maize and crimping.
Richard Camplin, Limagrain UKâs technical trials manager explained: â Sowing maize under plastic offers the advantage of an earlier harvest, around a month, as well as generating the potential for extra yield. The data obtained from the trial will allow us to make recommendations for drilling different varieties under plastic â both those already in the marketplace, and new genetic material from our LG breeding programme.â