Over the last five years, we have been working with Sussex maize growers to trial different methods of preventing soil loss.
If the fields are left bare over winter after the maize is harvested, the sediment and nutrients within the soil often end up in local rivers, reducing the quality of the water and potentially harming the wildlife within them.
Although we can and do remove any harmful substances during the water treatment process, removing them at the source means less energy and fewer chemicals are needed to make the water safe to drink.
We found that growing grass in-between the rows of maize helps prevent soil loss and makes the fields easier to manage too.
Importantly, it doesn't affect the amount of maize produced.
As part of our capital grants scheme, funding of up to £160 p/ha is available across our water supply area for farmers wishing to inter-row sow their maize with grass - as well as a range of other measures to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their farm.
For more information, please email email@example.com, putting 'maize' in the subject line.