By Blair McClinton P.Ag.
Breeders continue to focus on early maturing hybrids and bring a variety of stacked traits to western Canadian corn growers. Seed companies have supplied Top Crop Manager with the following information on the new corn hybrids for 2017. Growers are advised to check local performance trials to help in variety selection. The listing is by ascending crop heat units (CHU).
By Blair McClinton P.Ag.
A4099RR is a new Pride Roundup Ready 2 at 2,125 CHU for grain usage. It features early pollination and finish, and offers a very nice grain quality and consistency, plus rapid emergence and aggressive seedling vigour for a fast, early season start. It also has a good Goss’s wilt rating and very quick grain drydown in the fall. It is available at Pride Seed dealers.
A4199G2 RIB is a new Pride G2 VT Double PRO RIB Complete at 2,150 CHU for grain usage. It features early pollination and an early finish, very nice grain quality and good consistency. It offers rapid emergence and aggressive seedling vigour for a fast, early season start, and a good Goss’s wilt rating, plus very quick grain drydown in the fall. It is available at Pride Seed dealers.
PV 60075 RIB is an early-maturing VT Double Pro RIB Complete grain and silage corn hybrid with yield potential of 104.6 per cent of check. At 2,150 heat units, it offers good tolerance to Goss’s wilt, strong roots and stalks plus fast drydown. It offers the added convenience of European corn borer protection with refuge in the bag (RIB), and is also available as PV 60075 RR with a straight Roundup Ready 2 technology trait package. It is the first corn hybrid family from Proven Seed and is available exclusively at Crop Production Services retails.
PS 2320RR is a Roundup Ready 2 hybrid at 2,200 CHU. It is an early flowering, flint kernel grain type hybrid with tall plant height. PS 2320RR has very good seedling vigour and stalk strength and excellent silage potential. It is available at DLF Pickseed dealers.
PS 2332 is a conventional hybrid at 2,250 CHU. It is an early flowering, flint kernel grain type hybrid with medium plant height. PS 2332 has excellent stalk strength for a conventional hybrid, combined with very good seedling vigour and silage potential. It is available at DLF Pickseed dealers.
E50P52 R is a new VT Double PRO RIB Complete Corn Blend technology from Elite that delivers corn borer protection without the hassle of planting a separate refuge. It has excellent spring vigour and high-yielding genetics, and offers a solid agronomic profile that adapts to varying growth conditions. It is rated at 2,300 CHU and has a dent type kernel with excellent drydown and bushel weight characteristics. It has good resistance to Goss’s wilt and is available from BrettYoung seed dealers.
TMF8106RA is a 2,425 CHU corn silage hybrid that features the SmartStax Refuge Advanced (RA) trait. It is a tall, healthy hybrid with a very dense canopy and large ear, which provides impressive tonnage and allows growers to make the most of every acre planted. Above- and below-ground insect protection combined with the single bag refuge solution make SmartStax RA a solid choice to protect the abundant yield provided by TMF8106RA and optimize harvestability. This variety is available from Dow Seeds.
DKC34-57RIB is a new Genuity VT Double Pro hybrid with 2,550 CHU. It has high yield potential and offers a strong performance in all yield environments. This hybrid performs best on loamy soils and is available from DeKalb Seed dealers.
BMR90B94 is a 2,600 CHU Herculex Xtra and Roundup Ready, Brown Mid Rib (BMR) silage corn. It provides producers with above average neutral detergent fibre digestibility for improved feed performance. BMR90B94 has excellent standability and good stress tolerance, and moves north well. It also features solid plant agronomics that will support high plant densities and narrow row widths. It is available from Dow Seeds.
DKC35-88RIB is a new Genuity VT Double Pro hybrid with 2,600 CHU. It offers excellent yield potential in all soil types and yield environments. It flowers and dries down true to relative maturity. It also has excellent stalks and roots and is available at DeKalb seed dealers.
A5432G2 RIB is a new benchmark product family for silage and high moisture corn use, now available as PRIDE G2 VT Double PRO RIB Complete, which delivers above-ground insect control at 2,650 CHU. It offers high starch content with very good tonnage potential. It also offers great drought and stress tolerance. It is early flowering with excellent health, digestibility, and milk and beef per acre scores, plus a very good Goss’s wilt rating. It is available at Pride Seeds dealers.
DKC38-55RIB is a new Genuity VT Double Pro hybrid with 2,675 CHU. This is a medium statured hybrid that flowers early for its relative maturity. It performs best on loamy soils, and growers should plant at medium to high populations for best results. DKC38-55RIB is available at DeKalb seed dealers.