corn for grain frequently asked questions
What hybrid should I grow?
Pioneer® Seeds Australia has the most extensive range of proven hybrids in all regions and growing environments. To determine the best hybrid for your growing environment click below.
How do I maximise the yield from my crop?
There are a few practical steps to follow to ensure the yield from your maize crop is maximised. These are outlined in our Corn Workshop Booklet, a corn planting guide which provides helpful information on corn seeds, growing field corn, maize farming, planting seasons and more.
How do I establish a market for my grain?
Contact your local grain merchant to establish a grain marketing plan. Your merchant will help you to decide which market to produce grain for. Once you’ve determined the grain end-use where, your local Pioneer® area manager can work with you to determine the best Pioneer® brand products corn seed hybrids to buy and where is best to plant them.
How is grain traded?
Grain is normally traded on a dry (14% moisture) tonne basis. Speak to your local grain merchant regarding this opportunity.
How do I know when my crop is ready to be harvested?
Monitoring of the grain moisture content during the "dry-down" phase will enable timely harvest to be undertaken. "Ideal" grain moisture content at harvest is generally considered to be between 22-24%. Usually your merchant representative can help with crop moisture monitoring.
Harvest practices should attempt to minimise the amount of soil compaction in the cropping area. Selecting laneways throughout the paddock will limit compaction damage. The laneways can then receive special cultivation treatment to overcome any compaction if considered necessary.
Care in handling of grain is just as important as using the right techniques when growing seed corn. The aim is to maintain the integrity of each kernel. Excessively chipped and cracked grain may carry payment penalties. Ensure all augers are well maintained and unload grain onto grain when filling bulk bins. Grain stored in bulk bins awaiting transport should be protected from rain.
What is the best use of my land in between maize crops?
Several land use options are available in the period between corn crops. Some growers choose to leave the area “fallow” over the winter period. Ideally, the stubble should be shredded and the area shallow cultivated (normally using discs or power-harrow) to incorporate the stubble to the extent of approximately 50% into the soil. This practice promotes the rapid breakdown of the stubble, which in turn, reduces the likelihood of fungal disease carrying over to the next crop.
Studies have shown the benefit of corn in a cotton rotation. View our technical insight covering this subject and contact your local Pioneer® representative if you require further information on maize farming or where to buy Pioneer® brand products corn seeds.