A free selection guide has been published to help producers to identify the most suitable maize variety for their unit and help increase their return on investment in the crop.
“With maize costing around £800 per hectare to grow, it is vital that producers maximise their return on this investment,” says LG Seeds’ Tim Richmond.
The company’s Maize Variety Selection Guide contains data on all the varieties on the 2020 BSPB/NIAB Descriptive Lists with data presented in easy-to-understand charts, allowing quick comparison between varieties.
With significant developments in plant breeding, including improvements in feed parameters like cell wall digestibility, Mr Richmond says there are huge benefits from looking to grow some of the newer varieties on the BSPB/NIAB List.
Tables provide information on quality characteristics, including cell wall digestibility and starch content, allowing producers to select varieties that will help them to maximise the total feeding quality of maize silage.
Vital agronomic information, such as lodging, maturity and early vigour data, is also included.
“The objective is to choose the varieties best suited to the farm situation, which will maximise the nutrients available to feed stock next winter,” adds Mr Richmond.
He says the benefits of growing one of the best new varieties can be significant.
Prospect, which combines early maturity for a reliable harvest with exceptional yields and feed value, can produce an extra 2,500 litres of milk per hectare compared to the average variety, giving an additional £700 per hectare return from the crop.
“Varieties like Trooper, Gema and Resolute also deliver an exceptional return while longer established varieties, like Glory, still allow producers to make an excellent return by delivering high quality feed combined with early maturity.”
The guide is available free of charge by telephoning: 01472 370117. Or visit: www.lgseeds.co.uk/maize