Undersowing mixtures for maize

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There are a lot of concerns about the impact the maize crop is currently having on the environment. Factors such as soil erosion and nutrient leaching need addressing as a matter of priority.

In the future, leaving maize stubbles unprotected from soil erosion and nutrient leaching may no longer be allowed to continue. It is also a big challenge to try and establish any sort of cover crop after a maize crop has been harvested due to the time of year.

Undersowing the maize crop with a grass mixture has been proven to be successful when done correctly.  It is imperative to sow at the right time with the right species/mixture so the growing crop isn’t affected.

The benefits of under-sowing a cover crop into maize

  • Reduced nitrate leaching
  • Potential for improved digestate utilisation
  • Improve soil structure
  • Can help to reduce soil erosion
  • Improve organic matter levels
  • Can create winter grazing for livestock

TechniSward - Soil Max

Tall fescue
Advanced Tall Fescue
Sow at 5kg/acre (12.5kg per hectare)


  • This mix is most suited to being drilled at the same ti me as the maize crop (inter- row)
  • The slow growing tall fescue and advanced tall fescue will help to suppress weed emergence
  • As the grasses mature along with the maize crop, the root mass will develop to help retain any residual nutrients which are left in the soil post harvest
  • Benefits the soil structure from the inclusion of deeper rooting grass species

TechniSward - Enviro Max 

Late Perennial Ryegrass
Advanced Tall Fescue
Sow at 5kg/acre (12.5kg per hectare)


  • An under-sown mix which is more suited to be sown inter-row once the maize has established and is at the 4-6 leaf stage
  • The inclusion of a perennial ryegrass will make the mixture faster at establishing
  • It is important that the grass has established before the maize canopy fully develops
  • Excellent ground cover postharvest with a fibrous root system for soil stabilisation

To download the Agrovista 2020 maize brochure click here.


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