| How RLF Adds Value to your Crop
RLF plays an important part in the production of food crops in many parts of the world.
RLF is a major contributor to plant health and nutrition, and has developed new and exciting technologies to advance crop quality and yield.
It's 'Integrated Fertiliser Approach' has a positive influence on achieving the increased crop yields necessary as demand for food grows.
RLF is committed to its role of providing the best possible outcomes and products for agriculture and is a proud partner to farmers and growers throughout the world.
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- The United States of America is the biggest producer of corn, (known as maize in many parts of the world), followed by China and Brazil.
- It is estimated that the USA has 35 million ha under cultivation for corn and it accounts for almost 40% of the world's total market.
- Corn originated from the middle-Americas and was commonly cultivated by the Mayans. It is believed that corn has been traded since about 2500BC based on old trade networks dealing with surplus crops.
- Sugar-rich varieties of corn are usually grown for human consumption, while field corn varieties are used for livestock.
- The corn plant often grows to 2.5m in height though some natural strains grow much taller. The stem has the appearance of a bamboo cane and is commonly composed of 20 internodes 18cm in length. A leaf then grows from each node and ears develop along the midsection of the plant.
- Certain varieties of corn have been bred to produce many additional developed ears. These are the source of the 'baby corn' used as a vegetable in Asian cooking.
- In temperate zones corn must always be planted in spring as it is cold-intolerant and its root system is generally shallow, therefore dependent upon soil moisture.
- Maize and cornmeal (ground dried maize) is the staple food in many regions of the world. Corn is central to Mexican food and it is used in virtually every dish as tortillas, tamales, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas.
- Popcorn is corn's most popular snack food in the developed world, however there are many variations on the theme of exploding kernels when heated in other countries and cultures.
- Corn (or 'feed maize') is increasingly being used for the production of ethanol fuel because of the lower amount of pollutants emitted when used to drive motor vehicles. This makes corn a very valuable commodity.
- The use of corn for bio-fuels increases its demand and therefore the price of corn. This has resulted in farm acreage being diverted from some food crops to corn production.
- An Integrated Fertiliser Program using RLF products can greatly enhance crop quality and yield.