Ultra Early

Following the extreme conditions of 2012, there is likely to be more interest in this area of the market in subsequent years.  The earliest varieties can be planted in the most marginal of areas, although growers in these areas should consider the alternatives:  

Wholecrop     

Catch Crop Ryegrass

Augustus

Augustus

Augustus is a new hybrid from KWS, which moves forward the boundary of yield and earliness of forage maize. it has the potential to produce 3 tonnes per hectare more silage than Kaspian and dries down slightly slower, allowing a wider window of harvest between 30-35% dry matter.

Feed quality is very good, driven by a combination of high starch content and NDF digestibility. It has performed well in both cool, wet and warm, dry seasons across north-west Europe.

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Sergio

Sergio

Sergio is a very uniform three-way cross variety bred by KWS. Yield has been consistent across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Denmark over the last 4 seasons. It has performed particularly well in the more challenging seasons of 2012 and 2015, where its impressive vigour has given it a serious advantage. In trials it has exhibited very high starch content as well as good cell wall digestibility.

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Keen

Keen

Keen is KWS bred ultra-early maize variety which performs very well in marginal areas. It produces reliable yields of exceptionally high quality maize silage, even in very challenging season like 2012 & 2015. It ripens very early, but does not die down as fast as Kaspian and has consistently out yielded it in trials. Seed price is competitive. 

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Arcade

Arcade

Arcade has shown impressive stability over recent seasons, it has even done well in Northern Ireland. It performed particularly well in the challenging season of 2015. It consistently produces good starch levels and high ME. Arcade is a well-established variety with good seed production, seed price is competitive. 

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