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One of the first Heritage Seeds maize hybrids released, HM-114 continues to offer maturity-leading feed grain and silage yields. Over several seasons, it has proven to be a very high yielding variety that appears well suited to numerous maize growing environments.
HM-114 offers a combination of very good standability, good grain quality, high stress tolerance, very good cob rot resistance and tight husk cover.
National product manager, Todd Jones said a new 119 CRM maize hybrid called HM-135 has also recently been released for 2015/16.
“Pre-commercial demonstrations indicate it will offer the full season grower excellent feed grain yields.”
|In addition to maize, Heritage Seeds has a line-up of quality grain sorghum products to round out their summer crop portfolio. Excellent grain yield and consistency across seasons makes HGS-114 and its stable-mate HGS-102 good options if you are looking for new grain sorghum hybrids this year.
“HGS-114 has performed impressively in CQ, where it stands very well in a region where lodging is frustratingly all too common,” Mr Jones said.
“In more southern areas of the Darling Downs and across the border into NW NSW and the Liverpool Plains, it has continued to offer growers a rewarding gross margin”.
“In regards to HGS-102, we chose to introduce it as a direct competitor to MR 43 and 84G22. In most environments it is slightly quicker in maturity than HGS-114, with a lesser tillering habit and more open head structure.”
Cambooya grower Michael Middleton is relying on a full subsoil moisture profile and standability from his sorghum crop to get him through the upcoming summer season.
Having fallow country with subsoil moisture and growing tough sorghum was critical, according to Mr Middleton, as the past three summers have been marred by drought conditions, with just 55mm of in-crop rain to grain fill during 2014-15, while a strengthening El Nino offers little hope of soaking rain.
“If last season is anything to go by, we will be down on rainfall and relying on that moisture to fill sorghum heads,” he said.
“And I would rather plant a crop that sacrificed a bit of top end yield but was still standing at harvest, than a variety with lots of potential that falls over in harsh conditions.”
Mr Middleton farms 550-hectare dryland cropping operation “Bri Bri” with wife Sharon, father Bill and Uncle Robert, running a winter program of wheat, barley and chickpeas and a summer program of sorghum and sunflower.
The grower said he will be planting 140ha of MR-Taurus and 140ha of G33, as they were successful last season.
“I’ve tried older varieties but I definitely think we need to move forward and incorporate the new breeding technologies into our farms.
“The Taurus for instance was on good dryland country with long fallow and averaged around 5.7 tonnes per hectare.
“It also showed good elongation on the head for easier harvest, but its standability is still the big drawcard for me.”
A recently acquired Norseman Techni-Plant vacuum planter will make seeding at 90,000 seeds per hectare on 90cm row spacing’s easier and more precise, and minimum till practices will continue to preserve the black vertosol soil.
Mr Middleton hopes to continue his September plant and March harvest regime for sorghum, which frees him up to run his contract cotton picking and spraying business on the Darling Downs