What's new in 2018: Corn

Outlined below are some of the corn varieties available to both eastern and western Canadian growers in 2018.
Top Crop Manager Staff
January 02, 2018
By Top Crop Manager Staff
What's new in 2018: Corn
Photo by Julia Bielawska on Unsplash
A look at some of the new corn varieties available to growers for the 2018 planting season. 

Please note many brands have provided their “top five” varieties for either Eastern or Western Canada for publication. For full lists, please contact your seed dealer or visit the company websites.

EASTERN CANADA

DL 2202 (2550 CHU) Consistent ears that flare husks for very good drydown and produce clean grain. Good roots and stalks, easy to harvest and very good yield potential. Visit www.dedellseeds.com.

DL 3146 (2750 CHU) Hybrid with girthy ears. Excellent stress and drought tolerance; maintains good drydown characteristics. Visit dedellseeds.com.

DL 3808 (2835 CHU) Excellent early season vigour and quickly closes rows to minimize weed pressure. Large hybrid with excellent resistance to Northern corn leaf blight. High test weight grain, loose husks and excellent for grain or silage. Visit dedellseeds.com.

DL 4902 (2975 CHU) Medium-sized ears consistently filled to the tip, with a high test weight grain. Flowers early to finish well in the fall. Hybrid demonstrates desirable characteristics for the food grade corn industry. Visit dedellseeds.com.

DKC50-26RIB (3050 CHU) SmartStax RIB Complete hybrid with excellent seedling vigor and drydown. Excellent stalk strength and late season health, exceptional test weight and yield potential. Available at select Dekalb retailers.

DKC51-40RIB (3075 CHU) Very good grain quality and exceptional test weight. VT Double PRO RIB Complete hybrid has excellent late season appearance with big girthy ears and excellent drydown. Performs best in medium to high yield environments and across a range of planting populations. Available at select Dekalb retailers.

DKC59-50RIB (3300 CHU) VT Double PRO RIB Complete hybrid demonstrates exceptional staygreen. Performs best in dryland conditions but also has strong irrigated yield potential. Excellent stalks and roots for late season standability. Semi-flex ear type provides some population flexibility. Available at select Dekalb retailers.

DS90K07RA Medium-tall hybrid with excellent top-end yield potential. Strong stalks and roots suitable for delayed harvest. Strong disease package. Visit www.dowseeds.ca.

DS92J87RA Stable, early-flowering hybrid with strong emergence and early-season vigour. Excellent drought tolerance, good disease tolerance and staygreen. Visit dowseeds.ca.

DS04Y97RA Hybrid with new genetics, delivering impressive yields, good drought tolerance and disease package, plus strong roots and stalks. Visit dowseeds.ca.

E44H12 R (2100 CHU) Genuity VT Double Pro RIB Complete hybrid with good seedling vigour. Early flowering and short relative maturity ideal for short-season regions. Excellent yield and test weight. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

E52V97 R (2450 CHU) Roundup Ready version of E52V92 R. Medium-tall with very good stalk and root strength. Adapts to high population and good yield response in all environments. Excellent test weight. Visit www.eliteseeds.ca.

E61H72 R (2700 CHU) Genuity VT Double Pro RIB Complete. Versatile hybrid for silage or grain. Consistent large cobs with superior yield response to high populations. Good roots and stalks for good staygreen and plant integrity in the fall. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

E62H80 LR (2750 CHU) Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete hybrid. Responds well in stress or in corn-on-corn situations, Consistent large cobs with great yield potential. Very good silage option. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

E67H95 (conventional) and E67H92 R (Genuity VT Double Pro) (2900 CHU) Two versions of the same hybrid give high yield, excellent stalk quality, and early flowering with a fast dry-down. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

MZ 2655DBR (2600 CHU, 86 RM) VT Double Pro. Industry leading yield and stalk strength. Rapid grain drydown for movement north of adapted zone. Superior plant health and staygreen. Visit www.maizex.com.

MZ 3397SMX (2800 CHU, 93 RM) SmartStax performs positively in low and high yield enviroments. Early flowering allows movement north of adapted zone. Strong stalks allow for a flexible harvest. Visit maizex.com.

MZ 3656DBR (2900 CHU, 96 RM) Impressive seedling vigour for exceptional plant health. Open husks lead to rapid grain drydown. Exceptional stalk strength. Excels under high fertility. Visit maizex.com.

MZ 402X (3050 CHU, 100 RM) Exceptional plant health and staygreen. Strong stalks and short plant height. Impressive yield and responsive to intensive management. Visit maizex.com.

MZ 4511DBR (3150 CHU, 105 RM) Strong spring vigour with strong disease package. Early flowering variety with leading stalk strength and grain drydown. Visit maizex.com.

PS 2648GSX RIB (2625 CHU) SmartStax RIB Complete hybrid with consistent overall yield potential. Medium-tall plant provides rootworm control. Available at your Pickseed sales agent or dealer.

PS 2777RR (2625 CHU) Roundup Ready hybrid with very high yield potential. Widely adapted with very good plant health and performs well at higher populations. Available at your Pickseed sales agent or dealer.

PS 2745VT2P RIB (2750 CHU) VT Double PRO RIB Complete hybrid has very high yield potential. Medium-tall plant with excellent stalk and root strength. Available at your Pickseed sales agent or dealer.

A4477HM (2300 CHU) Conventional hybrid for silage and high moisture usage. Features slow grain drying rate. Very girthy ears, outstanding standability and disease resistance. Contact your Pride seed dealer, 1-800-265-5280.

AS1036 EDF (2475 CHU) Conventional hybrid for silage and high moisture usage. High-volume plant type with yield potential for silage featuring a slow grain drying rate. Consistent ear size, Outstanding standability and disease resistance. Contact your Pride seed dealer, 1-800-265-5280.

A5910 (2700 CHU) Conventional hybrid with very strong performance, exceptional yield potential, rapid drydown, and great drought and stress tolerance. Features blocky, girthy ears and consistent uniformity. Allows late season harvest flexibility. Excellent foliar health and disease resistance. Contact your Pride seed dealer, 1-800-265-5280.

A6018G2 RIB (2800 CHU) Also available as PRIDE G2 VT Double PRO RIB Complete. Delivers above-ground insect control. Excellent for grain or silage usage, with long-lasting health and outstanding stalk strength. Exceptional performance consistency, with plant and ear uniformity. Contact your Pride seed dealer, 1-800-265-5280.

A8300 (3325CHU) Hybrid with high yield potential, outstanding ear size consistency and features a quick to fully canopy. Ears hold heavy packed grain and adapts to all production systems. Contact your Pride seed dealer, 1-800-265-5280.

NK7701-3110 (2300 CHU) Early hybrid with excellent performance across yield environments. Strong disease resistance with excellent staygreen. Outstanding stalk strength for easy harvestability and exceptional test weight and grain quality. Available from Syngenta retailers.

NK8920-3120 E-Z Refuge (2775 CHU) Hybrid boasting strong roots and stalks. Offers excellent emergence and seedling vigour, plus superb staygree. Offers good tolerance of Goss’s wilt and Northern corn leaf blight. Available from Syngenta retailers.

WESTERN CANADA
A44H12 R (2100 CHU) Medium-height hybrid for grain. VT Double PRO RIB Complete for pest protection. Exceptional spring vigor, excellent bushel weight and very good stock strength for silage/grain. Available from BrettYoung retailers.

DS79C56 Part of the Enlist weed control system. High-yields, early flowering and good stalk quality. Stays intact until late in the season. Visit www.dowseeds.ca.

DS81R65RA Hybrid features PowerCore trait, providing above-ground insect pest control. Consistent-sized ears with good tip fill, fast grain drydown and good grain quality. Visit dowseeds.ca.

E44H12 R (2100 CHUs) Genuity VT Double Pro RIB Complete hybrid with good seedling vigor. Early flowering and short relative maturity for short-season regions. Excellent test weight. Visit www.eliteseeds.ca.

E52V97 R (2450 CHUs) Roundup Ready, medium-tall plant with very good stalk and root strength. Adapts well to high populations and a good yield response in all environments. Excellent test weight. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

E55T37 R (2600 CHUs) Roundup Ready (RR) version of E55T32 R. Good seedling vigour and great staygreen – a good candidate for silage or grain corn. Fast dry-down with high yield potential in high-yielding regions. Visit eliteseeds.ca.

MZ 1340DBR (2150 CHU, 73 RM) VT Double Pro, ultra early flowering hybrid. Exceptional grain quality and test weight. Early season vigour adapted for short seasons, with open husks at maturity to aid rapid drydown. Responds to increased population. Visit www.maizex.com.

MS 6902R (1950 CHU, 69 RM) Robust RR2 with combination of very high maturity and yield plus leading performance for early silage. Large, girthy ears with wide leaves to maximize tonnage. Visit maizex.com.

MS 7420R (2300 CHU, 74 RM) Aggressive RR2 with strong seedling vigour. Large ears with soft textured kernels and white cobs. Visit maizex.com.

MS 8088R (2400 CHU, 80 RM) Agrisure GT with strong stalks for flexible harvest. Tall, robust plant increases tonnage. Excels in low and high yield environments. Visit maizex.com.

LF 9066SMX (2600 CHU, 90 RM) SmartStax variety with advanced traits for continuous corn rotations. Strong early vigour with impressive plant health. Visit maizex.com.

NSC 72-521 (2100 CHU, 72 RM) Extremely early VT2PRIB grain corn hybrid. Excellent yield potential. Strong agronomics, including root and stalk strength, and drought tolerance. Very good drydown with a very high test weight. NorthStar Genetics.
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