Maize is one of the worlds most widely grown crops, offering very high yields for both grain and silage

Short Season Maize

P9911

A NEW dual-purpose, quick-season hybrid offering unmatched silage performance & yield stability.

P9400

Outstanding quick hybrid. P9400 is a feed and grain silage hybrid with an excellent agronomic profile. A tall dense plant producing high grain content silage

 

Mid Season Maize

P1467

Benchmark silage and feed grain hybrid across all regions with outstanding silage yield

Full Season Maize

P1813-IT Maize

Top end yield from an IT hybrid . An immidazolinone-tolerant (IT) hybrid giving growers flexible weed control options

Maize Action Plan

September

  • Soil Test
  • Select maize variety
  • Yield targets
  • Pre-order seed

October & November

  • Seedbed preparation
  • Fertiliser —pre-sowing
  • Pre-emergent & power harrow
  • Precision sowing & fertiliser

December

  • Nitrogen—if moisture available
  • Pest inspection & control
  • Weed Management
  • Summer Grass Management

January & February

  • Regular crop inspections
  • Prepare silage pit
  • Plan harvest logistics

March & April

  • Order Inoculant—11CFT
  • Harvest crop
  • Ensure stack is rolled and sealed well

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing a variety


Grain Yield for Maturity 9 = High grain yield for the CRM
Cob Rot Resistence 9 = Shows very high resistance to cob rot
Silage Yield for Maturity 9 = High silage yield for maturity
Husk Cover 9 = Complete coverage of grain through to harvest
Dryland Adaptability 9 = Ability to handle hot dry stress conditions
Staygreen 9 = Excellent ability to maintain green leaves during grain fill and good late season plant health
Plant Height 9 = Tall 1 = Short
Northern Leaf Blight 9 = Completely free of NLB (very high resistance)
Whole Plant Digestability 9 = Very high whole plant digestibility

What is CRM?

CRM stands for Comparative Relative Maturity.  It is a number used by Pioneer to compare the maturity of one corn hybrid compared to another.  It is a ‘unit less’ number and should not be related directly to ‘days’.

For example, it is not a number that refers to the number of days from planting until physiological maturity, as this will vary greatly with planting time and seasonal conditions. Generally, a hybrid with a smaller CRM will flower, fill grain and be ready for harvest more quickly than a hybrid with a larger CRM.

 

Betta Strike Seed Protection

Helping protect yield and maximise return

Utilising Betta Strike® protects plant seedlings during their most vulnerable stages, during weather risks and protects your investment in quality seed and maximises harvest yield potential.  Maize and sorghum crops are most susceptible to serious damage from insects during establishment, so the premium fungicide plus insecticide Betta Strike® will protect your crop insects that can be so destructive that at times re-sowing can be necessary.

Feed Out Management

Getting the most out of your feed

Keep the face of the maize silage stack tight throughout the feed-out period, preventing air to penetrate into the stack.

Allowing (oxygen loving) bacteria access to break down the plant material will produce carbon dioxide, heat and water.

Careful use of the tractor bucket at feed-out time will minimise loosening of silage. Avoid digging into the stack as this loosens silage that will not be fed for several days.

Scoop out the lowest section of silage, then using the bucket blade, chip down the silage one section at a time from  bottom.

Introduce maize silage into the diet over a period of 5-10 days. Start by allocating each animal 1-2 kg dry matter and increase the amount that you feed each day

IMPORTANT TIPS

  • Keep face of maize silage stack tight
  • Never feed mouldy or rotten silage to your animals.
  • Careful use of the tractor bucket at feed-out time will minimise loosening of silage.
  • Chip down the silage one section at a time starting at the bottom.

 

Water Management

When is water needed?

Water need increases rapidly from about two weeks prior to tassel and ear appearance until about two weeks after full silk and then decreases rapidly.  Figure A only compares water need & dry weight accumulation on a days after emergence basis.

Research shows that the total amount of water used by high yielding crops is only slightly more than that used to produce low yields. Weed control, fertiliser, plant population & maize variety are crucial factors to minimising water usage.

Making the most of limited water

It is generally considered that yield is lost when corn is visibly wilted for four consecutive days. When corn plants become stressed, the lower parts of the plant wilt and suffer damage proportionately more than the upper parts.

Hybrid varieties play an important role in yielding well in spite of considerable moisture stress.

 

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