National Maize Industry & Technology System Annual Meeting (Jiangsu Integrative Test Station) was held in Suqian from December 12 to 13, 2011. More than 30 representatives from the Seedling and Cultivation Station of Jiangsu Agriculture Commission, Suqian Agriculture Commission, demo counties and Jiangsu Integrative Test Station attended the meeting, which was chaired by Prof. Yuan Jianhua, director of Jiangsu Integrative Test Station and deputy director of the Institute of Food Crops of JAAS.
The representatives from demo counties made reports and exchanges on mechanized harvesting, technical training and extension, new variety demonstration, emergency services and data collection. According to the yield monitoring data, maize variety Suyu 20 of Feng County ranked top as for single variety with an average yield of 817.5kg per mu and the highest yield of 940 kg per mu. Thanks to Suyu 20, the average maize yield in Feng County reached 435 kg, with an increase of 18.1% over the average for past 3 years. Ganyu County tanks top in average yield and becomes the first county with average yield over 500 kg (529kg). The directors spoke highly of the achievements, including high yield, new varieties and technical services and at the same time, presented their suggestions.
With the focus on maize mechanized production, Jiangsu Integrative Test Station has organized the technical backbones to observe farm machinery operation and attend the seminar on Agricultural Machinery and Production Techniques by Ministry of Agriculture (MoA, China) and organized the demo counties to demonstrate the mechanized production in large areas. At present, mechanized seedling has been extended in major farm areas and mechanized harvesting is still in the process of extension.
In 2010, Feng County was the most outstanding county in maize production mechanization in Jiangsu and in 2011, Xuyi County takes the lead in the basic realization of overall mechanization. The directors pointed out that the key means to high yield and desirable quality are late seedling and harvesting, high density and mechanization.