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19 New Corn Varieties For The West

For western Canadian farmers looking to diversify crop rotations corn is coming. Canadian seed companies are introducing 19 new varieties suited for Western Canada in 2012.

Of those 19 varieties, seven are considered most suited to feed or silage, another eight varieties are described as dual purpose suitable for both grain and silage, and four varieties are described as most suitable for grain.

Mycogen Seed has a feed variety requiring the highest heat units 2700 CHU, but most other new corn varieties are in the 2200 to 2400 heat unit range, and Pioneer Hi-Bred even has one feed variety, described as ultra-early which has a 2000 CHU rating.

All varieties on this year s list are Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant varieties. Dekalb is using a new term Genuity with some of its Roundup Ready varieties, which refers to a package of traits included in those varieties.

MYCOGEN SEED

F2F343

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2700 CHU

Variety Highlights:A new generation, brown mid-rib (BMR) hybrid featuring excellent tonnage, NDF digestibility and Roundup Ready herbicide tolerance. A medium tall hybrid with good stress tolerance plus excellent ear development and tip fill. Best performance will be on high-fertility fields that have good water-supplying capacity. F2F343 will work well in continuous corn or rotated crops.

PIONEER HI-BRED

39F44

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2000 CHU

Variety Highlights:39F44 is a new ultra-early hybrid that shows very good stress emergence. It has very good silage characteristics.

P8622HR

Crop Kind: RR2, HX1, LL End Use: Dual purpose Maturity: 2600 CHU

Variety Highlights:P8622HR is an introductory hybrid with solid agronomics. It has above average root and stalk lodging resistance and drought tolerance.

BRETT YOUNG

Edge R

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2150 CHU

Variety Highlights:Edge R shows excellent promise as a high tonnage variety for growers looking for early maturing silage. In addition to excellent digestibility, Edge R has shown high ratings for net energy and plant health.

E50G27 R

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Grain

Maturity: 2350 CHU

Variety Highlights:E50G27 R is a new grain hybrid that provides high yields and good dry down. E50G27 R will be commercialized with glyphosate resistance and can be used in areas without extensive corn borer pressure or as a refuge.

E50B12 R

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Grain

Maturity: 2400 CHU

Variety Highlights:E50B12 R is a new grain hybrid that provides high yields and test weights combined with fast dry down. E50B12 R is a step forward for growers who demand both yield and dry down in potentially challenging Manitoba harvests.

MONSANTO

DKC26-25

Crop Kind: RR2

End Use: Dual purpose Maturity: 2125 CHU

Variety Highlights:DKC26-25 is a dual purpose hybrid with excellent grain yield potential. It is a tall hybrid with good late season plant health and stress tolerance.

DKC26-28

Crop Kind: Genuity (RR2) End Use: Dual purpose Maturity: 2150 CHU

Variety Highlights:DKC26-28 features the Genuity VT Double PRO trait with two modes of insect protection for above ground control. Genuity VT Double PRO also allows growers to reduce refuge to five per cent of acres to increase yield potential across a larger acre base.

DKC27-54

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2175 CHU

Variety Highlights:DKC27-54 is an excellent silage hybrid that has very good test weight, drydown and plant health.

DKC27-55

Crop Kind: Genuity (RR2) End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2200 chu

Variety Highlights:DKC27-55 is a silage corn hybrid that provides very good test weight with the added advantage of the Genuity VT Double PRO trait.

DKC28-76

Crop Kind: RR2

End Use: Dual Purpose Maturity: 2200 chu

Variety Highlights:DKC28-76 is a hybrid that has excellent top end yield potential for grain and has a dual purpose fit. It is a tall hybrid with excellent harvest appearance.

PICKSEED

2304RR

Crop Kind: RR2 End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2225CHU

Variety Highlights:Good disease package, high bushel weight hybrid, with tall plant height.

2411GT/CB/LL

Crop Kind: GT/CB/LL End Use: Feed

Maturity: 2325CHU

Variety Highlights:Excellent yielding and early maturing hybrid. It exhibits fast drydown and excellent stalks and roots.

PRIDE SEEDS

A4022RR

Crop Kind: RR End Use: Grain

Maturity: 2075 CHU

Variety Highlights:Early maturity, excellent yielding grain hybrid for western Canada. Strong agronomics with very good spring vigour, stalk strength and dent grain for enhanced drydown.

A4023BtRR

Crop Kind: Bt, RR End Use: Grain

Maturity: 2100 CHU

Variety Highlights:Early maturity, excellent yielding grain hybrid for western Canada. Strong agronomics with very good spring vigour, stalk strength and dent grain for enhanced drydown.

A4176BtRR

Crop Kind: Bt, RR End Use: Dual Purpose Maturity: 2125 CHU

Variety Highlights:Excellent yielding, high test weight corn hybrid with good spring vigour and grain quality.

A4240RR

Crop Kind: RR

End Use: Dual Purpose Maturity:2200 CHU Variety Highlights: Tall Roundup Ready hybrid, with dented kernels that can be used for grain or silage. It is said to have outstanding yield potential.

A4630RR

Crop Kind: RR

End Use: Dual Purpose Maturity: 2275 CHU

Variety Highlights:Excellent stalks and grain quality in this high yielding hybrid. Dent grain for enhanced drydown.

A4632G3

Crop Kind: Yieldgard VT Triple End Use: Dual Purpose Maturity: 2300 CHU

Variety Highlights:Pride s earliest G3 hybrid. Excellent yielding with excellent stalks and grain quality. Dent grain for enhanced drydown.

LeeHartisafieldeditorforGrainewsatCalgary.Contacthimat403-592-1964orbyemailat [email protected]

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Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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