During the 2014 and 2015 growing seasons, I have had the privilege of working with a great group of
plot cooperators across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a lot of fun when plot cooperators are calling you to
find out when you will be making new crosses available commercially. In 2014 and 2015 there were 2
hybrids that were standouts in virtually every plot. These 2 hybrids are now available commercially. I
received numerous phone calls from around the country about how well these hybrids were performing.
After a strong performance in the advancement plots in 2014 and 2015, I was very pleased to see …
Continuing an impressive run of success at the World Diary Expo’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl, a Masters Choice floury corn hybrid has been selected as the first place finisher of the Standard Corn Silage division. This comes one year after a Masters Choice sample was chosen as the event’s Grand Champion, as well as the Grand Champion, First Time Entrant.
This year’s winner, submitted by Daniel Olson, of Lena, Wisconsin, was a sample of MC5660, coming in with a ‘milk per ton’ of 3730 lbs. With their two samples this year, Masters Choice has placed a total of 10 samples in …
By Guest Blogger: Iris Tzafrir, Agrisure Traits Product Lead, Syngenta
In fields with high corn rootworm pressure, we know that effective and lasting control is top of
mind for all corn growers. Fluctuating insect pressures and farming practices, such as continuous
cornoncorn, complicate control of a pest that’s already difficult to manage. Syngenta offers tools
to help growers gain control and manage CRW and other corn soil pests in a sustainable way
through a combination of the latest trait technology and the best pest management practices.
Agrisure Duracade®, the latest corn rootworm control trait from Syngenta, will be available in
select Master’s Choice hybrids for 2016 planting.
Kernel texture (hardness or softness) affects the digestibility of its starch.
An independent lab tested several varieties of Masters Choice corn for kernel texture. Several physical qualities were tested to determine the kernel texture. The results of these tests showed the genetic floury varieties testing softest.
On the same sample Rock River Labs, in Wisconsin, also conducted an in situ starch digestion study. Before the study, samples were ground to pass a 6mm screen, dried and then incubated in single bags in 3 different Holstein dairy cows. This process tests for 7-hour digestion, estimating ruminal starch degradation. The physically softer corns had …
With so much being written these days about floury grain, what do we really know? Is it advantageous, and if so, why?
Most corn grown across the nation has high test weight corn kernels that are hard, heavy and slick. These heavy, dense particles move quickly through our animals leaving much undigested energy in the manure. Floury corn, on the other hand, is softer and the travels through digestive tracts at a much slower pace. This slower passage rate allows for more complete energy absorption.
According to starch digestibility testing at our countries best laboratories, floury hybrid corn is up to 50% …
By now you have probably seen some of our new marketing materials, new for 2015. Much of our new material focuses on the National Corn Growers Association’s 2015 World of Corn report, an excellent piece that you should all take the time to read. This report shares that 40 percent of our nation’s corn crop goes to livestock feed. Let that sink in. 40 percent of all corn grown in the United States is used on a livestock operation. That makes livestock the largest consumer of corn in the country.
Putting an emphasis on choosing corn hybrids specifically for the end …