Forage Maize Varieties
Irish Recommended List 2013
CROPS EVALUATION & CERTIFICATION DIVISION
Maize Growing in Ireland (including Table 1). 2
Variety Testing Procedure. 3
Types of Recommendation. 3
Laboratory Analysis 3
Recommended List (2013):
Table 2. Varieties suitable for growing without plastic cover. 4
Characteristics of varieties suitable for growing without plastic cover. 5
Table 3: Varieties suitable for growing with plastic cover. 6
Characteristics of varieties suitable for growing with plastic cover. 7
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has taken all due care in evaluating the performance of the listed varieties for yield, quality, disease resistance and the important agronomic characters over a wide range of soils and environmental conditions, for a minimum period of 3 years. The Department cannot, however, accept responsibility for any loss or inconvenience arising from any future variation in absolute or relative varietal performance.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine wishes to acknowledge the help and co-operation received from the Maize Growers Association Ireland Ltd, Agricultural advisors with Teagasc and the growers on whose land the trials were conducted.
Maize Growing in Ireland
Forage maize grows best in areas of Ireland with a long growing season, freedom from late spring frosts and early winter frosts, high overall temperatures and maximum sunlight. Fields chosen for maize production should be south facing where possible in order to maximise sunlight and temperatures over the growing season. Elevated and exposed sites are generally unsuitable. Maize needs good soil and is not tolerant of soil compaction, so care must be taken to avoid this problem. Very light sandy soils will give reduced yields. Growing on very heavy clay soils, particularly if they have underlying poor drainage, can delay sowing date and make harvesting difficult as...