1. Always Use Improve Certified Seeds:
Use improved seeds ( do not recycle seeds from your own farm. Always buy new seeds anytime you want to plant.
2. Method Of Land Preparation:
Zero/ minimum tillage ( do not burn and avoid excessive use of heavy machinery).
3. Seed Selection:
Do seed selection if possible ( to ensure seeds have uniform size for good seed vigour and equal growth size)
4. Planting Distance:
40CM × 80CM ( two seeds per hole ) 25CM × 75CM ( one seed per hole ) or any recommended planting distance.
5. 1st Fertilizer Application:
On or before the 10th day after planting ( not later than 10 days after planting )
6. Type Of Fertilizer To Use:
Any recommended fertilizer
7. Application Rate:
1 - 2 bags / acre ( 50KG ) based on soil fertility status or variety.
8. Micro Nutrient Application:
Apply a micro nutrient fertilizer at 3rd and 4th week after planting.
9. 2nd Fertilizer Application:
On or at 25 - 35 days after planting ( not later than 35 days after planting )
10. Weed Control:
11. Type Of Chemical:
Any approved selective herbicide for maize
12. Stage Of Weed Control:
3 - 5 leaf stage of weed ( always remember to do early weed control ) to get good result days after planting.
13. Harvest Early:
Do not allow crops to over dry on the field ( infestation can start from the field )
Dry, shell and store your maize using any recommended method or chemical.
15. Incorporate Straw Into Soil:
Do not burn maize straw after harvesting. Because the maize straw will enhance good soil organic matter content.
16. Planing To Plant:
Plan to plant so that reproductive phase of the crop coincides with at least 21 days to ensure maximum soil moisture after tasseling.
If possible get your fertilizers ready before you plant for fertilizer application.
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