A new Ultra Early forage maize variety now available in the UK
will offer farmers in both favourable and less favourable areas
new options when growing the crop, says British Seed Houses.
Revolver, bred by Saaten Union and marketed in the UK by British
Seed Houses, has achieved harvest dry matter results in trials
at least comparable with current Maturity Class 11 varieties, but
shows significantly higher overall yield potential.
On the strength of its performance in trials, British Seed Houses
has released Revolver in advance of an official NIAB listing, making
it available for the 2006 drilling season.
"Revolver has consistently produced a dry matter yield of
just over 15t/ha in trials and starch yields some 109% higher than
the control varieties," comments Paul Billings of British
Seed Houses. "Growers can achieve dry matter yields on a par
with many Maturity Class 8 varieties, even though they are harvesting
up to three weeks earlier. With this kind of performance, Revolver
will raise the bar in the Ultra Early category and as such create
a new set of opportunities for UK farmers."
Mr Billings says that interest in Ultra Early varieties - which
already includes Maturity Class 11 varieties Scimitar and Camelot
- comes from farmers right across the maize growing regions of
the country, and not only in the marginal areas.
"Demand for varieties like Revolver is coming from the north
of England and Scotland, but also from the mainstream areas that
would normally grow later varieties," he says. "This
interest in the favourable areas is partly being driven by the
requirement for earlier harvests - to meet cross compliance regulations
- but is also due to farmers wanting to maximise use of land, or
in some cases have their maize silage available for feeding earlier
in the autumn.
"With the shorter growing season that the Ultra Early varieties
require, there are more opportunities for dual cropping, with maize
either following a spring grass crop, or being followed by one
- or both in some cases. Such approaches significantly increase
forage dry matter production per hectare, and need not be to the
detriment of maize quality.
"On farms where grazing is traditionally falling away in
September, earlier harvesting of forage maize can bridge an otherwise
costly feeding gap, particularly if there are seasonality bonuses
on the milk price at this time."
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