Three new forage maize varieties from Limagrain have been added to the 2023/24 BSPB/NIAB Descriptive Record.
These embrace two “very early maturing varieties” sitting atop the brand new listing of first selection varieties for beneficial websites, and the third, a later maturing possibility, topping the listing for very beneficial websites.
Skipper and Foxtrot are ranked numbers one and two respectively as first selection varieties for starch yield on beneficial websites, whereas LG31207 tops the chart for ME yield for varieties suited to very beneficial websites.
Maize supervisor for Limagrain within the UK and Eire, Tim Richmond, mentioned: “With an early FAO of 160, an ME yield of 221,175 MJ/ha and the very best starch yield (6.74 t/ha) on this 12 months’s beneficial website listing, Skipper is right for farmers who need to fill their clamps with a really early maturing crop of exceptionally energy-rich and starch-filled maize.
“Skipper additionally performs effectively on marginal websites, the place its good early vigour (6.9), wonderful standing energy (7.6) and early ripening cobs ship a straightforward to reap crop that offers distinctive dry matter and power yields.”
Foxtrot can also be categorized as a really early maturing selection (FAO 170) and is second solely to Skipper when it comes to starch yield (6.54 t/ha).
Foxtrot additionally sits in direction of the highest of the rankings for ME yield (222,363 MJ/ha) and DM yield (18.7 t/ha) and in addition exhibits good early vigour (7.2).
“And with a cell wall digestibility of 59.4%, Foxtrot is right for dairy and beef farmers who’re in search of a cumbersome and really early maturing selection that may enhance the feed conversion effectivity of their herd’s ration,” Richmond mentioned.
The third new Limagrain selection to be added to this 12 months’s Descriptive Record is LG31207: with an FAO of 210, the intermediate to late-maturing selection is “top-of-the-line choices for very beneficial websites”, Limagrain mentioned.
“LG31207 is spectacular on paper and within the discipline, and is the proper selection for these growers seeking to maximise their return on funding with a range that poses minimal danger,” Richmond mentioned.
“LG31207 tops the Descriptive Record for very beneficial websites with an ME yield of 217,115 MJ/ha and dry matter yield of 18.7 t/ha.
“And with wonderful agronomic traits that embrace good standing energy (8.0) , wonderful early vigour (8.2) and an eyespot resistance ranking of seven.5, LG31207 is a very secure selection for growers in search of an energy-rich, simple to develop selection for AD functions.”