Now established as a main stay forage on most farms Grainfarmers UAP Ltd has a wide range of maize varieties to offer, chosen by a dedicated team and drawn from various breeders.

With a good understanding of the maize crop, varieties are selected to suit specific soil types and farm locations to ensure high quality crops are achieved by our customers. Growing a successful crop requires a thorough understanding of its husbandry and at Grainfarmers UAP we can provide the information demanded by both the new and seasoned grower.

2006 Maize Variety Portfolio

Maturity Class 10

· Extreme earliness with 8% yield advantage over Nancis
· Highest % starch content of any other variety
· Only for use in special short season situations
· Good standing and fast dry-down
· Click here for technical sheet on PRIDE

Maturity Class 9

· Very early variety with fast dry-down of the stover
· Higher yield potential than Pride
· Ideal for Northern regions and marginal sites in the South

Maturity Class 8

· New variety on the 2006 NIAB list
· Highest yielding maturity class 8 on the less favoured list
· Highest early vigour of any variety
· Early harvest allowing the sowing of a follow on crop
· Click here for technical sheet on NIMROD

· Economic variety
· Excellent cob ripeness ideal for the North
· Still yielding 100% of controls

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Maturity Class 7

· Highest yielding class 7 on both lists
· Good combination of yield and maturity
· Consistent performance in NIAB trials
· Large plant bulk and good cob maturity drives production
· Click here for technical sheet on AGREEMENT

· Highest selling maize hybrid in the UK
· Very reliable with high yields of grain and forage
· Grow on all soil types in major maize growing areas
· Uniform impressive tall crop with upright leaf growth habit
· Good ‘all rounder’

· Very high yield potential with excellent ear size and grain development
· Good early vigour and standing power
· It should not be planted in late drilling situations

· Very early durable variety
· High yields for both favourable and less favourable areas
· Classed 7 for maturity by NIAB, but cob ripeness and starch score above many class 8 varieties
· Ideal for northern England and marginal sites in the south

Maturity Class 6

· Massive dry matter yields of consistent quality
· Stay green variety giving flexible harvest and a highly digestible feed
· Excellent early vigour
· Very good lodging resistance
· Click here for technical sheet on RULER

· Suited mainly to kinder Southern sites
· Very good yield but lower dry matter than some in the class
· Good early vigour and standing ability
· Another no risk variety

Grain Maize Varieties

· High yield and best standing ability of any potential gain variety
· Grain quality under evaluation for micronising

· Best in the recent NIAB grain trials
· Most widely grown variety of the current grain types

Maize for Grain Production

· Lodging resistance is essential when harvesting maize for grain since harvest will not be before the end of October in most years.
· The plant will be dried out by autumn winds and early frosts so that the crop looks dead. The lower the moisture content in the kernels at harvest, the cheaper the drying charges that will be incurred.
· Grain maize is harvested at 30 % moisture and produce must be dried straight off the combine to ensure that grain moisture is reduced to 15% for long term storage.
· A combine snapper header allow faster harvesting and cleaner samples to be produced since only the cob is processed by the combine rather than the whole plant.

Growing Season

· Maize for grain production should be drilled at a seed rate of 42,000 seeds/acre to establish 40,000 seeds/acre (98,000/ha) to accelerate kernel dry down at harvest and to maximise cob size and grain yield.
· Grain crops should be grown using the same husbandry guidelines as forage maize. Remove soil compaction, ensure sufficient crop nutrients are available to the plant by using placement phosphate and ensure a high potash level for good cob development. In an arable rotation weed control should be cheap with only one application being required on many fields.
· Opportunities exist for selling standing crops to dairy farmers, particularly in dry years when forage stocks are low.

For more details on the above varieties or for a copy of any available leaflets, please contact [email protected] or phone Paul on 01962 794603.