Forage Maize Options from British Seed Houses offer yield, high feed value and ultra earliness.
High yields from Troizi
The new high yielding maize variety Troizi from the French breeder Caussade Semences extends British Seed Houses’ maize range for 2011.
Troizi CS features in the latest NIAB Fitcon data in the Early Favourable category, recording a yield of 107% of the average of the control varieties and is classified 7 for maturity. Though primarily aimed at growers in mainstream maize growing areas, Troizi has also yielded well at the Early Less Favourable trials sites, achieving 104% of control varieties.
Utopia for superior feed quality
British Seed Houses is also marketing the high feed value variety Utopia. Also classified 7 for maturity, Utopia combines great starch content with highly digestible whole plant material that produces high ME silage.
Early cob maturity is part of the reason for high starch content whilst good ‘stay green’ characteristics lead to outstanding digestibility and also assists the harvesting and clamping process.
Bred by Syngenta Seeds, Utopia is included in the 2011 Descriptive List (Favourable sites) with an ME of 11.7MJ/kg, a starch percentage of 32.4% and a cell wall digestibility of 61.9%, all underlining it’s very high concentrate feed quality.
Ultra Early Revolver
The Ultra Early forage maize variety Revolver remains on the NIAB Descriptive List with a maturity class of 11. Bred by Saaten Union and marketed in the UK by British Seed Houses, Revolver offers growers in less favourable areas the opportunity to harvest a fully mature maize crop in less than ideal conditions. It is also an ideal variety for those sowing their maize late in the planting season (perhaps following an early first cut of grass) or for those seeking a very early harvest (to make forage available earlier in the autumn and/or allow the establishment of following crops).
“The key when selecting your maize varieties is to match the performance criteria to the requirements of your system and site,” advises Paul Billings of British Seed Houses. “There is ample choice out there, and something to suit most situations.”
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