We have been appointed as a supplier of Maize Seed by one of
the major distributors in this country.
On-going trials to access new varieties seem to suggest that
earlier varieties are now not only cropping earlier but also without
the yield penalty usually associated with early maturity. A lot
of work over the past few years has also majored on enhancing
the cell walls of the plant stem to make it more digestible (CWD).
This will benefit by increasing the overall digestibility of the
entire plant leading to better quality silage, higher intakes,
more milk and increased profitability.
Varieties we shall be looking at particularly this year will
- very early,
- early and
(Limagrain) - mid season , as detailed below.
The seed will be treated with TAKE-OFF seed
treatment which speeds up emergence, creates even establishment,
roots and shoots are increased and has shown improved stress tolerance.
KENTAURUS (Maturity 11/12)
This variety matures very early without the usual yield penalty
of other early varieties. The combination of high yield with above
average M.E. means
produces more energy per acre than any other early variety. This
coupled with the highest starch yield of any variety, bar one
late variety, makes it an outstanding maize. In fact NIAB have
been so impressed by it they have given it their award for the
most outstanding variety of 2010. To obtain the optimum plant
population it is recommended to be sown at 43,000 seeds per acre.
New from the breeders of ES Regain. Very high yields. Early maturity.
Best suited to the favourable sites of England. More
ATRIUM (Maturity 6)
Maturing later than the early varieties (some 2 to 3 weeks dependant
on the season) this new variety on the list has an impressive
yield potential. In the last 3 years trials with NIAB, prior to
coming onto the list, it has topped all other varieties on the
entire list with its M.E. value of 11.7 Mj/kg. This coupled with
an above average yield means
produces more energy per acre than any variety on the NIAB list.
While the energy is concentrated in the cob in all varieties,
Limagrain the breeders, are trying to improve the feed value of
the stem and leaves. This means the value of the whole plant is
greater than any other. Usual sowing rates of 43,000 to 45,000
seeds per acre apply dependent on sowing time, sowing conditions
and width of rows. If you want extremely high yields of M.E.,
starch and total amounts of silage harvested this is the variety
to grow. More info...
These varieties are exclusive to GP Feeds and if you require
further information about them, please contact the office, who
will be only too happy to help you or arrange for a farm visit
by a specialist if so required.
So start 2012 in an 'amaizing' way with ,
- it is the way to better maize silage production.
Reference / Further Reading