Farming Cheats: Seven tips for a great maize harvest

Maize yields have skyrocketed. Back in the 1980s and 1990s 10 tons per hectare was exceptional, with the average on dryland typically being between 3 and 6 t/ha. Today 10 t/ha and even more, even without irrigation, are pretty standard, with the record maize yield (irrigated) being in the vicinity of 23 t/ha! These increases are due to improved hybrids and on-farm management practices.

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