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3 Major Reasons Why Some Folks Fail In Maize Farming Which Is Attributed To Human Error and Negligence

3 Major Reasons Why Some Folks Fail In Maize Farming Which Is Attributed To Human Error and Negligence

People working in the cooperate world, be it the civil service and other sectors of the economy. At one time or the other wish to have other sources of income.

One major source of additional income that comes to mind is agriculture. Probably crop production, particularly maize production.

This is so because maize (Zea mays L.) is the third most important cereal after rice and wheat, which is widely grown in the world and used as a primary staple food in many developing countries.

Maize is a widely grown cereal after rice and wheat and contributes almost 5% to the global dietary supply.

In countries such as India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, maize is an emerging cash crop, because of its high yield potentiality and also the favorable climatic conditions which allow maize production all-round the year.

While in most sub-Saharan African countries maize is regarded as a staple food for the teaming population, a source of employment and income for many families.

In both developed and developing countries of the world maize has been used in great quantity for poultry, livestock, and fish feed, and fodder for animals and starch industries, as a value-added product in the form of cornflakes, maize flour, etc.

fail in maize farming

A Maize field

In view of the above wonderful attributes of maize, many new farmers rush into maize production with little or no success.

This knowledge base article will highlight a number of reasons why some folks fail in maize farming which is attributed to human error and negligence:

  1. Too Many Funds At ones Disposal Could be a Reason why some People Fail in Maize Farming

People who had worked in the cooperate world for several years must have saved a lot of money over the years, some have access to funds and loans.

Thinking of what to do with their money, and where to invest their money. Farming particularly maize farming comes to their mind.

Many newbie farmers jump into maize farming by just talking to a few friends and acquaintances about their intentions without having proper knowledge and technicalities involved in maize farming.

No business is done base on trust and friendship true and successful businesses are done base on facts and figures.

So many friends have complained to me about how they entrusted their farms, funds, and resources to friends and acquaintances to handle, due to the nature of their job they are unable to supervise properly only to be disappointed and heavily regret their actions and decision.


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a matured maize

  1. Lack Of or Unwillingness to Seek In-Depth Knowledge Which Is Often Free and Available is a Major Reason why People Fail in Maize Farming.

Most people who start maize farming, lack the basic rudimentary knowledge required of them to succeed.

Most farmers still have this notion and believe of farming as just a means of growing food and just having another source of income.

But the truth of the matter is viewing farming, particularly maize farming as a sustainable means of income will make a huge difference.

Reading books about maize production, attending seminars, and symposium about new innovations in maize farming techniques.

Seeking information on the internet both videos and blogs written by experience maize farmers will greatly have an impact on your overall success.

From land acquisition, the type of soil to be used for maize farming, land preparation, tillage plowing appropriate hybrid seeds, etc.

The various types of fertilizers are to be used at different stages of maize growth. The different herbicides to be used from pre-emergence, post-emergence, and the various types of selective herbicides on market. As a farmer, a broad and full knowledge of their function and how they work is key to your success.

Precautionary measures during application of herbicides in the crop field. Herbicides are chemical compounds used to control weed species but could also phytotoxic to crops and harmful to animals through entering direct or indirect in food chain.

Many new farmers make mistakes of using weeds control herbicides indiscriminately without knowing their particular function i.e using non selective herbicides in place of a selective herbicides could spell doom for your farm.


A dry maize

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inappropriate usage of weed control herbicides is another major factor why  many farmers in fail in maize farming.

Common Herbicides Used

it’s a post-emergence, broad-spectrum and systemic selective herbicide that controls a wide range of maize weeds, both annual and perennial weeds. It’s packaged in 1 Litre with 12 bottles in a carton.

It’s a non-selective systemic, pre-planting foliar-applied agricultural herbicide. For controlling of stubborn annual, perennial grasses and brad-leaved weeds. It may be slow acting because it acts from deep within the roots of weeds till it dries it up completely.


AminoForce is a selective systematic post-emergent herbicide. It is in liquid form and does not require a long time for stirring. It is fully soluble in all proportions and therefore it’s well adapted to low gallonage spray equipment, even at high rates of application.

Paraeforce (paraquats) is a non-selective contact herbicide for the control of stubborn, brad-leaved weeds, and annual and perennial grasses. It kills weeds instantly while undergoing an operation.

Atraforce is a selective and systemic herbicide containing 80% Atrazine WP for the powder form and 50% Atrazine SC for the liquid type. It is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world.

It’s a pre-emergence herbicide to control the weeds in different crops eg cereals, corn, soybeans, rice, potato, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts as well as lawns and ornamental plants. Take control of most annual grasses and many annual broad-leaved weeds on your land.

it is used as a selective pre-emergent herbicide to control weeds in rice. Also, used for pre-emergence control of annual grasses and some broad-leaved weeds.

this is a selective systemic post-emergence herbicide for the control of most annual and some perennial grasses and broadleaf weeds in beans, soybeans, cowpea, and peanut. It is usually packaged in 500ml with 20 bottles in a carton and 1 liter with 12 bottles in a carton.


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This is a post-emergence herbicide to control the grasses in broadleaf crops such as cowpeas, beans, vegetables, groundnuts, yam, and cassava.

It’s a pre-emergence herbicide to control the weeds in yam, cassava, ginger, and pineapple. Some are in liquid form and some powdery packs.

A selective pre-emergence and early post-emergence herbicide to control annual grasses and broad-leaved weeds in maize, sorghum, cassava, and yam.

It’s a selective pre-emergence herbicide against annual grasses and some broad-leaf weeds in Soyabeans, Cowpeas, Beans, Groundnuts, Maize, Sorghum, Millet, Cotton, Cassava, Yam, vegetable, and Irish Potatoes.


a pre-emergence herbicides basically for maize and cassava plants


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  1. Another Reason Why People Fail in Maize Farming  is Lack Of Proper And Timely Supervision

Nothing destroys a maize farm more easily than lack of proper and timely supervision, maize being an annual crop implies that it grows faster than other crops.

Without proper and regular supervision to take appropriate action especially when there is an attack on the maize by amy worms, fall warms, caterpillars, etc.

As a farmer, you need to be physically involved to know whether the money you spent on the farm has been judiciously used in accordance with good farming practices.

Many a farmer has been heartbroken by what they see at the end of the day due to a lack of proper supervision.

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