DAIRY PLATFORM SPECIALIST MAIZE HYBRIDS

We have identified five specialist hybrids for dairy platforms.

Selecting a maize hybrid tailored to your farm system can be a daunting task, especially when considering the broad spectrum of hybrids available and performance ratings of various hybrid traits. At Corson Maize, we aim to make your decision easier, so we have identified five specialist hybrids for dairy platforms. These high-yielding hybrids produce energy-dense feed for dairy cows, while being an effective tool to minimise the on-farm environmental footprint.

BENEFITS OF GROWING MAIZE ON YOUR DAIRY PLATFORM

Home-grown maize is proven to be a real advantage by controlling your supplementary feed costs and providing an on-farm feed bank to fill feed deficits as required. It is nutritionally beneficial for dairy cows, as it contains low concentrations of crude protein and high concentrations of starch to balance a pasture-based diet. Feeding energy-dense maize has a positive effect on milk production throughout the season and can alleviate the negative energy balance (loss of body condition) cows experience post-calving.

As part of your farm system, growing maize also plays an important part in a successful pasture renewal programme as it helps to establish new weed-free, higher-yielding perennial pastures. Utilising this on-hand feed supplement, you can improve pasture persistence by avoiding overgrazing and allowing time for pasture recovery.

To support the high dry matter production of these hybrids over a short timeframe, there is a high demand for soil nutrients, especially potassium and nitrogen to support plant growth. The nutrient requirement of these hybrids matches the nutrient-rich soils on a dairy platform, achieving win-win outcomes: reducing nitrogen fertiliser costs and minimising the potential risk for nutrient loss to waterways.

The overall agronomic performance of the dairy platform specialist (DPS) hybrids is ideal for driving on-farm profitability. Impressive staygreen plants extend the harvest window for greater flexibility and can be taken through for longer, to maximise starch per hectare. Feed palatability and digestibility are not compromised, until the plants start browning off.

CORSON MAIZE DAIRY PLATFORM SPECIALIST HYBRIDS

Refer to the table below for an overview of the hybrid trait performance for the five DPS maize hybrids. The DPS hybrids are identified as hundred series under the PAC naming system (i.e. PAC 100 through to PAC 500) with one available in each plant maturity range. Therefore, it is easy to identify a maize hybrid for any locality suitable to be grown on a dairy platform.

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