New service makes maize variety selection easier

Maize growers aiming at the biogas feedstock market can use a new service from plant breeder KWS to assess the growth and likely harvest date of different varieties.

The service uses local meteorological data so growers can assess the performance of their maize varieties in their postcode.

With many large maize growers using a number of varieties to give them a range of harvest dates, the service will allow them to pinpoint maturity dates using ten-year averages.

“The key is to select a safe mix that can cope across the 10-year mean,” say John Burgess, KWS UK maize product manager.

He adds that the service will make it easier to select varieties given the withdrawal of the NIAB maturity class system.

Growers interested in the service should visit the KWS website and follow the link on the home page.

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