As a maize farmer, good yield determines how profitable your farm can be; so learning how to increase your crop yield is key to your success and sustainability.
Consider the following steps for increased maize yield: Increase Maize Yield: Tips To Increase Your Maize Yield In 2018
Choose good seed varieties
Having quality seeds is key to crop yields. As a farmer, you need to consider the strength of your seeds. There are a number of good seed varieties from IAR Zaria. Planting hybrid seeds that grow faster, stronger, and having greater efficiency will boost your maize yield.
Know when to start planting
first, if you are a commercial farmer, it is important to note that there are tests to determine suitability of planting time. Choosing the right time to plant is often the most important part of planting. Early planting has the potentials to increase your yield.
Ensure weeds are dealt with early
Weeds are the number one enemy of crops and can sabotage your farmland because they siphon nutrients away from the crops you are trying to grow. Always deal with weeds early and effectively.
Ensure good use of fertilizer
“Fertilizing your corn at the time of seeding can help provide the seeds with essential nutrients like potassium, phosphorous, and calcium. The root-zone at the base of your crops is the most important area to facilitate growth so your corn can thrive and produce an impressive yield.
Walk round your farm regularly
Learn to always walk on your fields on foot. This will give you a chance to assess soil conditions, notice any weeds cropping up, and check that your crops are growing well.
Prevent waterlogging and salinization
Your farm water management is crucial to your maize’s yield and so preventing waterlogging and salinization in your soil, both of which can stifle growth and production.