Updated Thursday 9th March 2023
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Maize is a high energy forage that is used in dairy and beef enterprises. Much of the maize crop is grown by livestock producers for consumption by their own stock but there is a market for maize produced by crop growers for subsequent sale to livestock producers.

Tillage farmers growing maize should ensure that they have an agreement in place with the end user before sowing takes place. The agreement should outline details on tonnes/hectares to be delivered, quality and payment details. Further information on contract forage agreements is available here

The majority of maize is still grown under plastic. Oxo-degradable film is in use up phase and is being replaced by new compostable film.

Table 1. Area of maize (ha) 2018 - 2022.
Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Ha 17.3 16.6 14.7 14.3 15.6

The Maize Guide is available here

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