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Organic maize

{Tool} Organic maize. [Biomais.] Creator(s): Dierauer, Hansueli; Anken, Thomas; Hiltbrunner, Jürg; Kessler, Willy; Mayer, Jochen; Strasser, Fredi and Schmutz, Res. Issuing Organisation(s): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. Merkblatt. (2008)

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Summary

Maize cultivation provides a valuable addition to the feed ration in farms with dairy cows. However, the cultivation of organic maize is challenging and posing risks regarding erosion, leaching of nutrients and soil compaction. Not all sites are suitable for maize cultivation. Therefore, it is important to first study the site before the cultivation.
This leaflet provides some general information on how to cultivate organic maize optimally. Different topics about the needs of maize, the sowing, the right crop rotation and pest management are covered. Finally, there is also some information about economic aspects.
This leaflet was made for farmers that want to begin cultivating organic maize, but it might also be of use to conventional maize farmers. The information about economic aspects are specific to Switzerland.

Summary translation

Die Maiskultur ermöglicht auf Biobetrieben mit Milchkühen eine wertvolle Ergänzung der Futterration. Aber der Anbau von Biomais ist schwierig und mit Risiken bezüglich Erosion, Nährstoffauswaschung und Bodenverdichtung verbunden. Maisproduktion macht nicht an allen Standorten Sinn. Aus diesem Grund ist es wichtig den jeweiligen Standort diesbezüglich zu untersuchen.
Dieses Merkblatt bietet grundlegende Informationen um Mais bestmöglich zu produzieren. Verschiedene Themen zu Mais und seinen Ansprüchen, der Saat, der richtigen Fruchtfolge und Unkraut- sowie Schädlingsregulierung werden behandelt. Schliesslich wird noch über einige wirtschaftliche Aspekte informiert.
Dieses Merkblatt spricht hauptsächlich Landwirte an, welche bereits Biomais anbauen oder damit beginnen möchten. Es kann jedoch auch für konventionelle Maisbauern interessant sein. Die wirtschaftlichen Aspekte sind spezifisch für die Schweiz.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Maize – an energy-rich fodder crop
What problem does the tool address?:Maize cultivation provides a valuable addition to the feed ration in farms with dairy cows. However, the cultivation of organic maize is challenging and posing risks.
What solution does the tool offer?:This leaflet provides some general information on how to cultivate organic maize optimally.
Country:Switzerland
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Theme:Crop specific
Keywords:arable farming, crop species, fodder crop, organic farming
Keywords:arable farming, crop species, feed crops, organic agriculture
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englishcropshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1972
Englishfeed cropshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2829
Englishorganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
Englisharable farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Root crops
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Advisory Service
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:https://shop.fibl.org/chde/1017-mais.html, http://farmknowledge.org/index.php/search-for-ok-tools?v=31993
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:31993
Deposited On:15 Nov 2018 08:59
Last Modified:23 Jan 2019 12:07
Document Language:German/Deutsch
Status:Published

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