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RIGHT PRODUCT, RIGHT PADDOCK. 04 06 08 10 12 14 15 16 Maize - more environmentally friendly Farm prole: Protable & environmentally friendly Maize delivers more prot Farm prole: More home-grown feed delivers more production IMPACT: More research, better results Farm prole: Maize grain & maize silage maximise cow potential Farm prole: More days in milk Farm prole: Maize silage stabilises production

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24 Growing & harvesting cost guideline 25 Maize silage drymatter cost 26 Hybrid performance summary HYBRID SELECTION TOOLS

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Pioneer maize breeding Hybrids for maize silage Choosing the right hybrid for your farm Hybrid recommendations by region Hybrid trait characteristic table
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Abbreviations

g = grams m = metres cm = centimetres N = Nitrogen kg = kilogram MS = milksolids ha = hectare eff = effective bags/ha = bags per hectare kg/ha = kilograms per hectare kgDM = kilograms of drymatter kgDM/ha = kilograms of drymatter per hectare kgDM/cow/day = kilograms of drymatter per cow per day kgDM/ha.mm = kilograms of drymatter per hectare millimetre kg/MS = kilograms of milksolids kg/MS/cow = kilograms of milksolids per cow kg/MS/ha = kilograms of milksolids per hectare kgN/ha = kilograms of nitrogen per hectare kgN/cow = kilograms of nitrogen per cow $/ha = NZ dollars per hectare MJME = megajoules of metabolisable energy MJME/kgDM = megajoules of metabolisable energy per kilogram of drymatter t/ha = tonnes per hectare tDM = tonnes of drymatter tDM/cow = tonnes of drymatter per cow tDM/ha = tonnes of drymatter per hectare c/kgDM = cents per kilogram of drymatter c/MJME = cents per megajoule of metabolisable energy * Research has shown best-practice dairy farm systems feeding maize silage are more profitable. Cover: Matamata dairy farmer Paul MacKenzie.

more reliable, Profitable and enVironmentally sustainable farming With maiZe


The future of dairying is promising. Strong economic and population growth is expected to lift global demand for milk by 100 billion litres by 2020*. To take advantage of this opportunity, the challenge for New Zealand farmers is to build higher producing and more resilient systems which are protable, environmentally sustainable and globally competitive. Signicantly more feed will be required to grow the volume of milk produced on New Zealand farms. Maximising pasture harvested will continue to be a priority, but evaluating the type, cost and amount of supplements fed will become increasingly important. More than twenty years of research and on-farm experience has demonstrated that maize silage integrates into the framework of a pastoral dairy farm system offering a range of benets unmatched by other supplements. Maize efciently uses water and nitrogen to produce high yields of quality drymatter at a cost-effective price. It can be grown to capture the nutrient value of dairy-shed efuent, reducing on-farm nutrient build-up and the subsequent risk of nitrate leaching and cow health problems. Maize silage lls feed decits protably and sustainably, increasing per cow and per hectare production. Continuing to increase maize yields will over time grow farmer protability. Improved hybrid genetic yield potential is a key. During the last two seasons Pioneer brand products has substantially increased its local research effort with the introduction of IMPACT (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterisation and Training) trials. Up to 100 potential products can be tested in a single IMPACT trial allowing growers faster access to the most advanced global genetics and Pioneers hybrid yield advantage. Pioneer brand maize hybrids offer the broadest range and combination of plant attributes to meet New Zealands diverse growing environments and every growers specic needs. New hybrids such as P9400, P0021, P0791 and P0891 are taking silage yield and quality to a new level. There is a right Pioneer product for every paddock. Whether it is the weather, payout or regulatory environment, change is a recurring constant in farming. Frequent re-evaluation and ne-tuning will help ensure Kiwi dairy farmers on-going success. The Pioneer brand products Forage Specialist team are available to help you make the most out of your maize silage investment (see page 17). Secure your future farming success by planting and feeding maize. With very best wishes for the 2012-13 season. Sincerely

Will Yates Managing Director


* Theo Spierings, Fonterra Chief Executive

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MAIZE - MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY


To survive and thrive into the future, New Zealand dairy farm systems must be protable and sustainable as well as globally competitive. Our dairy land is expensive compared to farm land prices overseas. Increasing milk production per hectare is a key to protability and the long term competitiveness of the dairy industry but is it environmentally sustainable? Recent research shows growing and feeding maize silage provides a win-win solution for both farmers and the environment. Rightly or wrongly, dairying is receiving a signicant portion of the blame for the deteriorating quality of the countrys waterways. From a water quality perspective, cow urine is the main culprit. AgResearch data shows urinary nitrogen is the source of 69% of the nitrogen lost on a typical dairy farm. The amount of nitrogen in urine is inuenced by the amount of excess protein in the dairy cows diet. As cows graze protein-rich pasture, they produce nitrogen-rich urine patches which can contain more than 1,000 kg of nitrogen per hectare. Bacteria convert this nitrogen into highly leachable nitrate which can quickly drop out of the root-zone of shallow rooted pasture species into underground aquifers, eventually resurfacing in lakes, rivers and streams.

Effect of feed type on cow nitrogen output


20 18 16 N output (kgN/cow*) 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0

Urine Dung Pasture Silage Cereal Silage Maize Silage

Recent research shows growing and feeding maize silage provides a win-win solution for both farmers and the environment.

* Based on 1 tDM/cow Source: Adapted from Ledgard, 2006.Nitrogen Management - why it is important and what can we do about it? Proceedings of the Dairy3 Conference 4:23-31

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Good effluent management is a critical part of building sustainable dairy farm systems. Liquid and solid waste can be used to grow maize silage providing high yields of low cost drymatter.

Feeding maize silage - a relatively low crude protein feedstuff - reduces the amount of nitrogen in urine and can greatly reduce leaching losses. Increased stocking rates and more bought-in supplements contribute to an increase in soil nutrient levels. This has been implicated in a rising incidence of milk fever and grass staggers on some farms. Maize crops produce high drymatter yields and require high levels of nutrients, especially nitrogen and potassium. They can be grown in high fertility dairy paddocks, including those with a history of dairy-shed efuent application, usually without the need for additional fertiliser to be applied. The benets are two-fold; a reduction in soil nutrient levels as well as high yields of low cost maize silage. While maintaining water quality is a key focus for all of New Zealands Regional Councils, those in drier districts are also focused on making sure there is enough water to supply all the communitys needs. The dairy industry has an increasing demand for water. Irrigation increases the reliability and yield of summer pastures. However, irrigating pasture isnt the best use of limited water resources. Ryegrass has a relatively low water use efciency, a measure of how much drymatter a plant produces for every unit of water it uses. Also, applied water quickly drops out of the reach of shallow-rooted pasture plants.

Annual water use efficiency of maize and pasture species in New Zealand and Australia
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In contrast, maize tops the eld in water use efciency. On an annual basis, maize produces more than twice as much drymatter as perennial ryegrass for every unit of water used. When considering summer water use alone, maize is up to three times more efcient when compared to ryegrass. Increasingly, pressure is coming on New Zealand dairy farmers to farm in an environmentally, as well as economically sustainable way. This means one thing is certain due to its unique ability to optimise the use of both soil nutrients and moisture, maize will increasingly feature in dairy farm systems in the future.

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Profitable and environmentally friendly


Paul & Chris MacKenzie, Waharoa, Eastern Waikato
Above: Pioneer Field Officer Jim Barr (left) with dairy farmer Paul MacKenzie on his Matamata farm.

A highly productive system is reaping nancial and environment rewards for Paul and Chris MacKenzie. The MacKenzies farm 83 hectares at Waharoa in the Eastern Waikato. In the 2010-11 season, their 356 cow split-calving Friesian and Friesian cross herd produced 227,000 kgMS (637 kgMS/cow and 2,734 kgMS/ha). This year they have lifted cow numbers and are on track to produce 250,000 kgMS (3,012 kgMS/ha). Excellent facilities, including two Herd Homes1, a mixer wagon and welldesigned and planned feed bunkers, are central to the success of the operation. While production is impressive the system itself is relatively simple to run. Contract milker Nic Coppard (21) manages the day-to-day operations, assisted by farm worker David Candy (20). This leaves Paul and Chris free to pursue off-farm interests. A lot of high input systems appear to be labour intensive and I didnt want that, says Paul. Our aim was to build a simple system that did not require a lot of time to manage.
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Cows are dried off 50 days prior to their expected calving date. They spend 30 days on a dry cow diet comprised of 3-4 kgDM pasture plus 8-10 kgDM supplements including maize silage, straw and a range of by-products. Three weeks prior to calving they are moved onto a transition diet. Two-thirds of the herd, including all of the heifers, calve between 20 February and 1 May. The balance of the herd consists of carryover cows and spring calvers which start calving on 1 September. Once cows have calved, intakes are lifted to 21-22 kgDM/cow/day. Typically pasture intake is around 6 kgDM with the other 15 kgDM being a mix of supplements including maize silage, straw, palm kernel extract and byproducts. Each morning Batt latches open the paddock gate at 3am allowing the cows to wander back to the Herd Home1 where they consume their supplement allowance prior to the 5am milking. Once cows are milked they return to the paddock. This process is repeated prior to the afternoon milking.

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Last season the MacKenzies grew 15 ha of Pioneer brand maize silage and this season they have planted 25 ha (30%) of the farm in maize. Pioneer brand 36M28 is the hybrid of choice because it produces good yields, stands up to wind and can be planted at the end of September and harvested around 20 February. We can get 24 tDM/ha of low cost maize silage that is good quality and safe to feed, says Nic. It ts in well with our pasture renewal programme and allows us to increase the total amount of feed we harvest from every hectare. Dairy efuent from under the Herd Homes1 is applied to the paddocks prior to maize planting. Growing maize allows us to use our efuent in an environmentally-friendly manner, says Paul. Dairy efuent is ideal for growing maize and we are growing crops with no or very little additional fertiliser. Last years analysis of the farm system using Overseer shows the farm leached just 28 kgN/ha. This is the level of

nitrogen loss currently being achieved by low-stocked organic systems. It is also delivering excellent prot per hectare. Its a exible system that is based on margins, says Paul. Each time we buy in feed we get the chance to check whether the numbers stack up. Watching healthy, well-conditioned cows produce high milk yields is satisfying for everyone involved. We are producing more than 600 kgMS per cow using the same animals that used to produce 350 kgMS in an all-grass system, says Paul. I enjoy farming like this and Id be reluctant to go back. So what does the future hold for this farm which in many ways is already ahead of itself? I wouldnt rule out further intensication if it was sustainable, says Paul. Its a cheaper option than buying more land.

A lot of high input systems appear to be labour intensive and I didnt want that, says Paul. Our aim was to build a simple system that did not require a lot of time to manage.

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Maize delivers more profit


Ten years ago New Zealand farmers debated the benets of incorporating supplements into their all-grass dairy farm systems. Today supplements are an accepted part of the feeding management on most farms. When farmers get together nowadays the discussion is more likely to turn to which supplement to use, how much to feed and the likely returns. One of the key benets of maize is its high yield potential. Plant scientists have calculated the theoretical genetic yield potential to be more than 50 tonnes of maize silage drymatter per hectare. Local plots including a trial planted at DairyNZs Scott farm have produced more than 30 tDM/ ha. New Zealand maize silage yields are increasing over time and farmers can commonly grow maize silage crops that yield 1828 tDM/ha for 21.5 - 13.9 c/kgDM in most dairy districts. Research has shown that maize silage can be grown on high fertility dairy land (including paddocks with a history of efuent application) without the need for additional fertiliser1. This reduces maize silage drymatter cost by around 4.65 c/kgDM (see page 25). Growing maize silage as part of a pasture renewal programme improves pasture persistence by reducing the level of weeds and residual carryover ryegrass seed. It breaks the lifecycle of insect pests (including black beetle) making it easier to establish new, higher yielding ryegrass species.

New Zealand maize silage yield trend 1961-2011


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Plant scientists have calculated the theoretical genetic yield potential to be more than 50 tonnes of maize silage drymatter per hectare.
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Silage yield (tDM/ha)

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Source: New Zealand Yearbook and Pioneer Brand Products New Zealand Research Programme.

Soil testing of every paddock is always recommended.

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There is a strong relationship between the amount of pasture harvested on dairy farms and their protability. Stocking rate is a key driver of pasture harvested. More cows per hectare increases grazing pressure and pasture drymatter yield. However, one downside of highly stocked farm systems is the risk posed by the signicant and unpredictable variations in pasture growth rate which occur almost every season. Put simply, more cows on each hectare means a bigger feed shortfall when the grass isnt growing. Maize silage can be used to ll these feed decits and to extend lactation length. Feeding maize silage can also lift pasture yields. When cows eat supplements they decrease their pasture intake. This is known as pasture substitution. Substitution rates are higher with forages like maize silage than they are with concentrate feeds (e.g. grains, dairy meal or palm kernel extract). Every farmer knows the old adage it takes grass to grow grass. By altering maize silage feeding rates, farmers can successfully manipulate pasture cover levels preventing overgrazing. The combination of maize silage and a well-designed stand-off pad with feeding bins allows farmers to keep cows off wet pastures, reducing pugging damage and subsequent losses in pasture

production without compromising milk production or animal welfare. Many protable dairy farms (see pages 6 & 16) run a relatively higher stocking rate and feed high quality, low cost maize silage to help maximise pasture harvested and per cow production. Energy in autumn pasture is used inefciently for gaining body condition score. Energy from maize silage is used 50% more efciently. The benets of having cows in better condition (the target is condition score 5 for mature cows and 5.5 for two and three year old cows) is substantial. A cow calving at condition score 5.0 will produce 12 kg more milksolids annually than a cow that calves at condition score 4.0. Cows that are fatter at calving cycle earlier, have higher in-calf rates and are more likely to give birth to a heifer calf the following year. More than twenty years of research and on-farm experience has demonstrated that maize silage integrates into the framework of dairy farm systems, offering a suite of benets that no other supplement can match. Together maize silage and pasture will help keep New Zealand farmers protable and environmentally sustainable into the future.

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More home-grown feed delivers more production


Kevin & Michele Alexander, Hukerenui, Northland
Above: Pioneer Area Manager Craig Booth (left) with dairy farmer Kevin Alexander on his Hukerenui farm.

Kevin and Michele Alexander milk 340 Friesian cows on 148 hectares (eff) at Hukerenui in Northland. All cows are wintered on farm with calves and yearlings off-farm. Production in the 2010-11 season was 163,000 kgMS. The 2011-12 seasons target is around 169,000 kgMS (497 kgMS/cow and 1,141 kgMS/ha).

The farm, like many others in the area, is winter wet and historically this has affected pasture cover levels and cow condition score. The Alexanders started growing and feeding maize silage more than 10 years ago and this year they have grown 15 ha, of which 13 ha is on farm. The main crop is Pioneer brand 33M54, selected for its high total drymatter yield potential. There is also a paddock of Pioneer brand 37Y12 which will be harvested early. Feeding maize silage in the autumn allows us to achieve our target of condition score 5.5 at calving, says Kevin. At the same time we can extend lactation, put more milk in the vat and increase pasture cover levels.

Maize is grown as part of the farms pasture renewal programme. Paddocks are identied 12 months ahead of planting and they evenly spread efuent and shavings from the stand-off pads, on top of grazed pasture from November onwards. Paddocks are soil tested and sprayed out in September of the following year and liquid efuent and any necessary solid fertiliser is applied. Soil testing and nutrient budgeting are essential steps in the efuent management and maize growing programmes. The value of the nutrients in our efuent is equivalent to the cost of a new car every two years, says Kevin. Growing maize is a great way of getting the value out of cow manure and we use it to soak up excess soil nutrients. To maximise energy yield per hectare we choose high-yielding hybrids and plant them at optimum populations, says Kevin. We also work closely with a number of support people including Pioneer Area Manager Craig Booth, our seed merchant and the local contractor to ensure the job is done right and on time, so we achieve our maize silage yield target of 25 tDM/ha.

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In a typical season, maize silage is fed in concrete bins on a pad from early autumn, through the winter and into spring. Cows start calving on 10 July and maize silage is used to help drive the herd to a high spring peak. Maize silage allows us to calve earlier so we can extract as much milk from the cows as we can before pasture quality starts to drop in late October, says Kevin. It is a great product allowing us to feed our cows well while manipulating pasture cover levels to maximise yield and quality. Pasture surpluses are identied early and conserved as silage. When the maize silage stack is nished, normally after mating, pasture silage and some palm kernel are used to drive summer milk production.

Reducing cow numbers has enabled the Alexanders to drive per cow and per hectare productivity through better feeding and constantly improving cow efciency and health traits. They continue to be focused on maximising the amount of pasture grown and eaten as well as increasing maize silage yield and quality. Kevin describes their current system as perhaps a 1980s-style stocking rate with higher performance per cow and per hectare. So where to from here? The future holds more of the same with an on-going emphasis on ensuring we achieve a better margin, says Kevin. We constantly assess all technologies, both old and new and try to keep our system exible. Finally, above all we are working to manage our environmental footprint in all we do.

The value of the nutrients in our effluent is equivalent to the cost of a new car every two years, says Kevin. Growing maize is a great way of getting the value out of cow manure and we use it to soak up excess soil nutrients.

Right planting - test planter service


To help you maximise prot from your investment in Pioneer genetics and seed quality, the free Pioneer Test Planter Service is available to growers and planting contractors. Co-ordinated by your local Pioneer Area Manager, the test planter service includes seed meter performance testing, inspection and precision calibration. Call 0800 PIONEER (0800 746 633) to request a free test planter service.

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IMPACT : More Research, Better Results

IMPACT is the latest innovation to enhance Pioneers Research Programme. IMPACT stands for Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterisation and Training trials. This programme is an advanced method for evaluating maize hybrids in research plots. IMPACT trials are planted in a range of environments with different soil types and disease pressures. As the name implies, these trials benet from intensive management, close observation and evaluation throughout the growing season by a specialist IMPACT team. IMPACT takes the number of on-farm trials and the amount of data to a whole new level, says Barry McCarter, Maize Product Manager for Pioneer brand products. It allows us to bring a large number of proven, industry-leading maize hybrids to the New Zealand market so we can better understand which of these products offer the best performance in New Zealands many and varied growing environments. The end goal is to best position specic Pioneer hybrids to growers individual needs and growing conditions.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International Global Breeding Programme

130,000 new hybrids evaluated each year

The New Zealand Maize Silage Hybrid Evaluation Programme

Selected experimental and commercial hybrids tested and compared in 230 on-farm silage trials

New Zealand Maize Silage Grower

23 proven, high yielding Pioneer brand maize silage hybrids available to local growers in spring 2012

Providing the best maize silage hybrids to New Zealand farmers is not all about numbers, but also about the quality of the experimental hybrids and the research programme that is used to evaluate them.

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Silage IMPACT trials being harvested. Pioneer Research Officer, Mark Richards collecting and preparing drymatter samples.

The IMPACT programme, which is managed by research agronomist Michael Henderson, represents a signicant and additional investment in resources and equipment. Silage plots are planted using a specialised pneumatic 4-row research plot planter with GPS guidance for increased accuracy and precision. A research forage harvester measures hybrid yield as the plots are being harvested. Plant scientist, Dr Rowland Tsimba measures and analyses data gathered from Pioneers New Zealand Research Programme. Providing the best maize silage hybrids to New Zealand farmers is not all about numbers, but also about the quality of the experimental hybrids and the research programme that is used to evaluate them, says Tsimba. The aim of our trialing programme is to identify the best maize genetics for New Zealand growing conditions. We achieve this through the combination of a comprehensive eld research programme as well as

rigorous data evaluation and statistical analysis of the results it generates. The IMPACT plot programme tests up to 100 potential products in any one trial. The top performing candidates from the IMPACT programme are identied and advanced to the Product Advancement (PAT) strip trial programme. PATs test and evaluate 10 to 15 products at a time. The Pioneer brand products sales team use the information from the research and product evaluation programme to help customers plant the right product in the right paddock. Over twenty years ago the Pioneer Research Programme was introduced to ensure New Zealand maize growers had access to the very best performing products identied from Pioneers global breeding pool. Twenty years on, we still have the same commitment; however with IMPACT, growers now have faster access to the most advanced global genetics together with Pioneers hybrid advantage.

It is only right - replant risk policy*


The Pioneer team believe it is only right to share some of your farming risk. So if within two months of planting, your maize or sorghum crop needs replanting for whatever reason, we will provide replacement seed at half price regardless of which brand you initially planted. Simply advise your merchant representative or Pioneer Area Manager of the problem.
*This policy is for planting within the same season and applies to any brand of hybrid maize and hybrid sorghum summer feed. It does not apply to lucerne or greenfeed maize seed blends. Seed treatment will be as per your original order.

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Maize grain & maize silage maximise cow potential


Doug & Beth Leeder, Eastern Bay of Plenty
Above left: David (left) & Doug Leeder on their Opotiki dairy farm. Above right: Doug (left) & David inspecting their maize crop with Pioneer Area Manager Robin Billett.

Feeding a combination of maize silage and maize grain helps Bay of Plenty farmers Doug, Beth and son David Leeder maximise the return on their investment in cows.

We are looking for a hybrid that produces a high drymatter yield with plenty of grain, says Doug.

The Leeders milk 600 Friesian and Friesian cross cows on 230 hectares (eff) halfway between Opotiki and Whakatane in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. In the 2011-12 season, the farm is on track to produce 250,000 kgMS (1087 kgMS/ha and 417 kgMS/cow). The farm, which comprises 75% at land with drainage pumps and 25% steep hill country, is hard to manage in a wet winter. For the past 10 years, the Leeders have used maize silage fed on a stand-off pad to ll feed decits. Maize silage is a cost-effective feed buffer, says Doug and it ts in well with our pasture renewal and efuent management programmes. Doug is looking for a short maturity hybrid with excellent grain and total drymatter yield. This year he has planted 12 ha of Pioneer brand 36M28 on farm and will also purchase around 4 ha of maize silage from a local contract grower.

In mid-November 2010 a new cow shed with an in-shed feeding system was commissioned allowing the Leeders to feed kibbled maize grain at rates determined by each cows milk production level. This has allowed them to extend lactation, improve condition score and lift reproductive performance. Per cow production has risen from 350 to over 400 kgMS/cow. Each cow represents a $2,000 investment and we get a better return by feeding her fully, says Doug. Kibbled maize is a high energy feed that represents much better value for money than processed concentrate blends.

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More days in milk


Maize silage is playing an important role in West Coast farmers Gary and Stacey Grahams plans to increase farm production and prot.

Gary & Stacey Graham, West Coast, South Island


Above right: Pioneer Field Officer Duncan Gillanders (right) with dairy farmer Gary Graham on his Atarau farm.

The Grahams farm 380 ha at Atarau in the Grey Valley. In the 2010-11 season their 1,075 cow herd produced 380,000 kgMS (380 kgMS per cow and 1000 kgMS/ha) and the Grahams future target is to double production by milking 1,525 cows and producing 500 kgMS/cow. Weve been a low input system but now we are using maize silage to help us intensify, says Gary. Its all about a more efcient use of our land and cow resources. Weve done the numbers and we can make more money out of a higher input system. The Grahams planted 18 hectares of maize for silage on their run-offs for the rst time in 2009. They increased the area to 36 hectares in spring 2011 and are planning to plant 60-70 hectares in 2012. Their hybrid of choice is Pioneer brand 39G12 which grows well on the Coast producing 20-21 tDM/ha. Crops are harvested early enough to enable the autumn establishment of a forage rape crop which produces 3-5 tDM/ha of late winter feed.

Maize silage is an excellent way to get cost-effective feed off our run-offs, says Gary. It is an easy crop to grow as long as you do the basics right and follow the recommendations of the local Pioneer team.

Maize silage is fed in bins on a low-cost gravel stand-off pad near the farm dairy. It is used to extend lactation with twothirds being fed in the autumn and one-third in the spring. Feeding maize silage in the autumn allows us to milk longer, put condition on cows and extend the rotation length. Were also using it to move our calving date forward to 1 August so we get more milk in the spring. Its pretty easy to do the gures to show that using maize silage to increase days in milk is protable, says Gary. Its not rocket science!

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MAIZE SILAGE STABILISES PRODUCTION


Maize silage has helped Gerard and Denise Wolvers stabilise milk production, delivering prot and peace-of-mind even when the grass isnt growing.

Gerard & Denise Wolvers, Te Awamutu, Waikato


Above: Pioneer Area Manager Grant McDonald (left) with dairy farmer Gerard Wolvers on his Te Awamutu farm.

The Wolvers, assisted by farm manager Wayne Buckley, milk 780 Friesian and Friesian cross cows on 203 ha (eff) 18 km south of Te Awamutu. In the 2010-11 season they produced 325,000 kgMS and in the 2011-12 season, they should produce over 350,000 kgMS (1,724 kgMS/ha or 448 kgMS/cow). Pioneer brand maize silage is purchased from a local contractor and is fed during the lactation at 1.7 tDM/cow. Maize silage delivers excellent energy levels and is safe to feed, says Wayne. We use it to fully feed the cows to keep condition on and allow them to realise their genetic production potential. Maize silage also helps to maintain farm pasture persistence and yield. The last few tough seasons have

shown that by feeding maize silage, we can avoid overgrazing and protect our pasture base, says Gerard. This allows us to maximise our pasture yield potential. The Wolvers have an in-shed feeding system, but they dont use it. The feed pad allows us to keep cows off pasture and we can feed high amounts of supplements if we need to, says Gerard. We always have maize silage in the stack so we are not worried about whether or not we can source extra feed when we need it. A combination of higher milk yields, low animal health costs, less cull cows and more heifers to sell means the system is very protable. However, Gerard believes there is more to farming than just money. If I was perfectly honest I would say I am prepared to sacrice a bit of prot for the peace-of-mind and satisfaction this system delivers.

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The Pioneer brand products team recognises that no two farms are the same no two farmers have the same production, financial and lifestyle goals. Pioneer Forage Specialists work individually with farmers to help them achieve their unique farming goals. Pioneer Forage Specialists have practical on-farm experience coupled with comprehensive farm systems, silage making and nutrition knowledge and experience. Pioneer Forage Specialists use a number of ne-tune their dairy farm systems. These include:
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tools and calculators to assist farmers to analyse and

Pasture Harvest Check

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Farm System Check

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Nutrition Check
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The Pasture Harvest Check estimates how much pasture is being harvested. It can help determine whether you have the appropriate stocking rate and volume of supplements for your farm system and production targets.

The Farm System Check determines whether your feed supply matches cow demand and your production target. It helps maximise feed utilisation, optimise supplement response rate and improve farm productivity.

As dairy farm systems feed more supplements, it becomes increasingly important to ensure the diet is balanced for energy, crude protein and minerals. Pioneer Forage Specialists can help you to achieve your production targets using the feeds you have on hand.

Run-off Efficiency Check

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Silage Stack Check

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Feed Pad Check


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The Run-off Efciency check can help you determine how much drymatter you are harvesting from your run-off. Your local Forage Specialist can also suggest ways you can increase its efciency.

This check highlights whether your maize, pasture or cereal silage is well ensiled and identies ways to decrease storage and/or feed-out losses that can save you money and improve your return on investment.

Feed pads are a signicant investment. Your local Forage Specialist can help determine whether building a feed pad will pay dividends for you.

To request your free, no obliga tion Forage Speciali st visit, call 0800 PION EER (0800 746 633 ) or visit www.pioneer.c o.nz or scan this QR c using your sma ode rtphone

Pioneer Forage Specialist Paul Greenbank with Waiuku dairy farmer Campbell Shuker.

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Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment

Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment is a stamp of approval guaranteeing growers that advanced technology & the greatest of care has been used to apply their seed treatment. This ensures Pioneer brand seed has the greatest opportunity to achieve its maximum yield potential. Quality seed treatment maximises crop yield and protects growers maize seed investment. To carry the Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment stamp of approval, every bag of treated Pioneer brand maize seed must meet the following stringent quality control standards:

1. Quality control
Compliance with Pioneers global ISO 9001:2008 accredited quality control standards is at the forefront of all conditioning, grading and seed treating operations at our Gisborne production plant, ensuring you receive the best quality seed every time.

2. Precision application
Precision treating technology administers the precise required dose of seed treatment to each and every seed. Treatments are accurately and evenly applied using multiple applications, giving consistent chemical loading on every seed.

Key benefits of treated seed


New Zealand research has shown that establishing a high maize plant population is critical for achieving maximum silage yields. Choosing the right insecticide seed treatment is the most important step in reducing the risk of insect damage to seedling plants, thereby increasing crop yields and grower protability. The key benets of insecticide treated maize seed are: Precise amount of insecticide applied to every seed. Proven insecticides that reliably perform and protect your maize crop from insect attack. Low insecticide dose rate for minimal impact on the environment. Maximum safety for the planting contractor/operator.

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3. Advanced film coatings


The use of lm coatings and advanced drying processes ensures all components of the treatment ingredients adhere to every seed, signicantly reducing dust and improving planter operator safety.

4. Pioneer warranty
For your protection every bag of Pioneer brand seed is mechanically stitched closed with green and white bi-colour tamper proof string. This locks-in the Pioneer warranty, the Pioneer replant risk policy and guarantees the amount (80,000 kernels) and quality of seed in each and every bag.

Poncho* is the industry standard insecticide seed treatment for maize. It controls all three major maize insect pests (Argentine Stem Weevil, Black Beetle and Greasy Cutworm1) in a single treatment. By specifying Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment you can be 100% condent your Pioneer brand maize seed has the best possible chance to achieve its full yield potential.
*Registered trademark of Bayer CropScience. 1 Trial data supplied by Bayer CropScience.
Treated Maize Seed
1. Seed treated with Poncho must not be used for human or animal consumption. 2. Treated seed may be harmful to seed eating birds, and should be properly planted and completely covered by soil. 3. Excess seed is not to be left in areas accessible to birds. Withholding Period: Stock must not graze maize within 42 days of planting.

WEAR GLOVES AND A DUST MASK WHEN HANDLING SEED


Tag code: 1039 07/12 Registered Trademark of Bayer CropScience

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Pioneer brand Inoculants


Pioneer brand inoculant range
Quality Pioneer brand inoculants provide the right strains of lactic acid producing bacteria in ideal numbers to ferment your crop. The bacteria in Pioneer brand inoculants have been proven to improve silage quality resulting in more milk or meat for every tonne of forage you ensile. Only Pioneer inoculants can offer you the complete package of key benets. Key benets Products that reduce heating and spoilage at feed-out time. Patented bacterial strains and crop specic products. Comprehensive, global, product-specic research2. Quality assured with an ISO 9001:2008 accredited quality control system. Guaranteed bacteria levels on the label of every bottle. Exclusive Appli-Pro inoculant applicator technology for more consistent and precise inoculant application. Extensive local technical back-up including Forage Specialists, Animal Nutritionists and a Veterinarian.

11C33 Maize silage specic

Improves maize silage quality and drymatter recovery. Reduces silage heating at feed-out time. Allows silage to be fed out up to a day in advance1.

250

50

Revolutionary maize silage inoculant for high feed value and improved drymatter recovery. Reduces silage heating at feed-out time1.

11CFT Maize silage specic


250
50

1132 Maize silage specic


Produces top quality maize silage for high producing dairy cows and specialised beef production. 250
50

1127 Pasture silage specic


Produces top quality pasture silage and improves drymatter recovery and animal performance. 250
50

Lucerne silage specic Produces top quality lucerne silage for all high producing livestock operations.

11H50

50

1174 Multi-crop inoculant


Lower cost multi-crop product which improves drymatter recovery and silage quality.

250

50

Pioneer brand inoculant bottle sizes


Large Small

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Pioneer brand inoculant options


Farming challenge Solution

I want to reduce silage heating at feed-out time and feed my silage out up to one day in advance1. I want to improve fibre digestibility and increase cow intake. I want to reduce silage heating at feed-out time and feed my silage out up to one day in advance1. I want to maximise the return on my silage investment. I want a lower cost, multi-crop product which will improve silage quality and reduce losses. I want to maximise the return on my pasture silage investment. I want a lower cost, multi-crop product which will improve silage quality and reduce losses. I want to increase silage quality and reduce fermentation losses. I want to maximise the return on my lucerne silage investment.
Lucerne Maize

11C33

11CFT 1132 1174 1127 1174 1174 11H50 1174 1174

Cereal Other*

Pasture

I want a lower cost, multi-crop product which will improve silage quality and reduce losses. I want to increase silage quality and reduce fermentation losses.

*Other - by-products, forage sorghum 1 While silage can be fed immediately after harvest, maximum aerobic stability gains will be made when it is fermented 30 days prior to feeding. 2 Trial results available on request.

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Pioneer brand 54V09 lucerne


Pioneer brand 54V09 delivers improved genetics coupled with a superb disease resistance package for high yield potential and improved persistence. Key benets New improved genetics. Excellent eld appearance and superior relative forage quality. Ideal for grazing as well as for ensiling and producing high quality hay. Excellent winter-hardiness with a superb disease resistance package that includes high resistance to the major New Zealand lucerne diseases Phytophthora Root Rot, Verticillium Wilt, Bacterial Wilt and Stem Nematode. Characteristic ratings
Forage yield Field appearance Relative forage quality 7 9 9

Nitragin* Plus lucerne seed coating


Pioneers new and exclusive Nitragin* Plus seed coating ensures excellent seedling establishment and nodulation. Key benets Light 9% coating delivering more pure seed for every kilogram of coated seed you purchase. Three stage layering which maintains separation between the fungicide and the Nitragin* Plus Rhizobia. Highest Rhizobia activity and a guaranteed shelf-life of 2 years from coating. Superior seed adhesion with minimal dust, making planting easier, more accurate and safer. Nitragin* Plus is recommended for the establishment of all Pioneer brand lucerne crops.
* Nitragin is a registered trademark of EMD Crop BioScience and/or its afliates.

1 = Poor, 9 = Excellent Based on Pioneer research comparisons with other Pioneer brand lucerne cultivars.

Phytophthora Root Rot Verticillium Wilt Bacterial Wilt Fusarium Wilt Stem Nematode Spotted Alfalfa Aphid Pea Aphid
S LR MR R Disease resistance proles HR = Highly resistant (more than 50% resistant plants) R = Resistant (31% to 50% resistant plants) MR = Moderately resistant (16% to 30% resistant plants) LR = Low resistant (6% to 15% resistant plants) S = Susceptible (up to 5% resistant plants)

HR HR HR R HR R HR
HR

Important: Ratings based on both Pioneer Agronomists and Research Scientists and historical eld observations.

The right quality seed


Delivering the right quality seed to you is a key goal. All Pioneer brand maize seed grown and sold in New Zealand is rigorously tested for genetic purity. If it is not right, it is not sold. You can see the difference in the size of your silage stack and the performance of your cows.

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Pioneer brand Bettagraze


Bettagraze is a late flowering, late maturing sorghum x sudan grass hybrid that is proven to produce high yields with the first grazing or cut, just 35 to 45 days1 after planting. Key benets Rapid early growth. Quick regrowth after cutting or grazing. Delayed owering for increased versatility and ease of management. High sugar content, ne stems and a high leaf-to-stem ratio for excellent palatability and good feed value. Versatile can be grazed, cut and fed, or harvested for silage or hay. Available with Mesurol bird repellent at no extra charge. This reduces the risk of bird damage to seedling crops.
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Achieving high Bettagraze yields


1 Plant Bettagraze in warm growing environments only. 2 Choose paddocks with good water holding capacity.

Soil test to determine crop fertiliser requirements.


3 Spray out the paddock and cultivate. 4 Plant at 5 cm depth when soil temperature is at least

17C and rising.


5 Drill and roll Bettagraze into a ne, moist seed-bed at

3-5 cm depth. Broadcast sowing is not recommended.


6 Plant at 25-45 kg/ha. Crops planted at higher rates

Bettagraze trial yield data


Average yield per cut in Bettagraze compared with Pacic Sprint3 Two replicated trials (kgDM/ha)

will have thinner stems and a higher yield potential.


7 Graze Bettagraze behind a wire or cut it 35-45 days

3,428 2,648
+ 780 kgDM/ha per cut yield advantage to Pioneer brand Bettagraze

after planting when the crop reaches around 1 metre in height. Leave a residual of 15 cm for maximum regrowth.
8 Recut or graze after 4-5 weeks when the crop is at

least 0.8 m and no more than 1.2 m in height.


9 Monitor nitrate and prussic acid levels especially in
Pioneer brand Bettagraze

1 2 3

Sprint

crops that have been drought stressed or frosted.


10 Always spray out Bettagraze crops before autumn

Crop must be at least one metre in height. Registered trademark of Bayer CropScience. Highly signicant (P<0.01) yield advantage to Bettagraze.

frosts and/or regrassing.

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Growing and harvesting cost guideline


Recent research has shown that high fertility dairy farm paddocks including those with a history of efuent application may require no additional fertiliser. Different yield environments also inuence the recommended planting rate for Pioneer brand maize silage hybrids (see page 40). The table below gives indicative maize silage costings for both high and average fertility maize silage growing environments. High fertility environments include dairy paddocks coming out of long-term ryegrass-clover pasture, as well as paddocks with a history of efuent application. Average fertility environments include run-out pasture paddocks and repeat cropping blocks. Always soil test maize paddocks and apply nutrients according to the results. Use the My costs column in the table below to enter your own growing and harvesting costs for the coming maize growing season.

Calculate growing & harvesting costs for your farm


2012/13 Average costs (exclusive of GST)
Average costs ($/ha)

Growing Costs
Cost of leased land
Pre planting

Average fertility

High fertility

My Costs ($/ha)

My farm ($/ha)

? 7 70 160 366 360


1 2

? 7 70 0 0 360 487 10 153 0 148 107 0 0 55 $1,397

Soil test, other Spraying out pasture (incl. glyphosate) Lime @ 2.5 t/ha + application Base fertiliser Cultivation Pioneer brand 34P88 maize seed @ 1.30 or 1.35 bags/ha

469 9 147 236 148 107 62 204 96 $2,441

Planting

FAR maize seed levy ($7.20/80,000 kernels @ 1.30 or 1.35 bags/ha)


1 2

Seed insecticide treatment (Poncho3) @ 1.301 or 1.352 bags/ha Starter fertiliser Planting Pre emergence weed control (herbicide + application) Sidedress application Sidedress nitrogen Interest on maize expenditure (7 months @ 7%)

Post planting

Total growing cost

Harvest Costs
Harvesting
Harvesting and stacking Covering Pioneer brand 1132 maize specific inoculant

989 173 274 Total harvest cost $1,436

989 173 274 $1,436

Total Growing & Harvest Costs


$3,877 To view an electronic version of the growing and harvesting cost guideline visit www.pioneer.co.nz or scan this QR code using your smartphone.
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1 2

$2,833

Average fertility High fertility 3 Registered Trademark of Bayer CropScience.

Maize silage drymatter cost


Drymatter and megajoules of metabolisable energy
Maize silage costs Average fertility paddock per kgDM in the stack (c/kgDM) per MJME (c/MJME) High fertility paddock per kgDM in the stack (c/kgDM) per MJME (c/MJME)

16 18
Maize silage yield (tDM) in the stack

24.2 21.5 19.4 17.6 16.2 14.9 13.8 -

2.24 1.99 1.80 1.63 1.50 1.38 1.28 -

15.7 14.2 12.9 11.8 10.9 10.1 9.4

1.46 1.31 1.19 1.09 1.01 0.94 0.87

20 22 24 26 28 30

Assumptions 1. 2.  3. 4. 5.  6. 7.  8.  Cost to grow, harvest and store the crop are estimates only. Average land rentals have not been included because of large regional variations (provision has been made for you to consider land rental in your own costing column). The costs and benets of regrassing have not been included. Cost for Pioneer brand 1132 is based on inoculating a 22 tDM/ha crop. Farmers growing Pioneer brand maize for silage for sale are usually responsible for costs up to and including the nitrogen sidedressing application. Maize silage cost per MJME assumes an average maize silage energy content of 10.8 MJME/kgDM. The amount of pasture lost during the maize growing season will vary between paddocks, farms and districts. The value of pasture lost during the maize growing season has not been considered in the calculation of the maize silage drymatter cost. Costs are estimates based on a sample of contractor rates, other typical industry charges and product costs. All costs exclude GST and are indicative at 1 May 2012. See www.pioneer.co.nz for updated costs.

The right support - full technical farmer assistance


To ensure you make the greatest possible prot from your investment in Pioneer brand products, there is always a Pioneer technical sales professional close at hand offering to help you. With over 1,200 years combined experience serving and supporting New Zealand farmers, your local Pioneer Service and Support team can provide the right solution to most farming challenges you may face. Pioneer professional support is only a phone call away.

(0800 746 633)

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Maize hybrid performance summary


Good crop management practices certainly help achieve high yields, but the most important decision at the start of the season is to select and plant the highest yielding hybrid suited to the growing situation being considered. The product performance and positioning information below will assist farmers to make informed hybrid selection decisions this spring.

Maize hybrid performance comparison chart


Pioneer brand Other brand Number of comparisons Drymatter difference (%)1

Yield and income advantage to the named Pioneer brand hybrid Yield (kgDM/ha) Statistical significance Milksolids income ($/ha)2

31G66 33G26 33G26 33M54 33M54 34P88 34P88 34P88 35A30 35A30 36M28 36M28 38H20 38H20 38H20 38V12 38V12 38V12 P0021 P0021 P0021 P9400

PAC624 CTL108 Olympiad CTL108 Olympiad DKC57-83 Maximus NZ6121 CTL104 Maximus CTL100 CTL104 CTL85 DKC37-12 DKC43-72 CTL85 DKC37-12 PAC504 CTL100 CTL96 PAC504 PAC504
Maize hybrid comparisons

13 131 43 59 81 59 66 22 86 84 88 99 139 123 54 138 127 13 34 21 28 33

1.32 -1.32 0.17 -1.09 -0.26 -1.88 0.21 -0.02 -1.88 1.91 -2.40 -1.06 -2.74 -0.59 -0.75 -2.70 -0.59 2.75 -0.48 1.06 -1.33 0.37

+ 3,327 + 2,826 + 2,380 + 3,595 + 2,595 + 1,733 + 3,663 + 2,584 + 934 + 1,692 + 1,386 + 728 + 1,916 + 2,134 + 1,319 + 2,038 + 2,150 + 1,140 + 1,493 + 2,694 + 2,316 + 1,240
Comparison Results

+ 1,996 + 1,696 + 1,428 + 2,157 + 1,557 + 1,040 + 2,198 + 1,550 + 560 + 1,015 + 832 + 437 + 1,150 + 1,280 + 792 + 1,223 + 1,290 + 684 + 896 + 1,616 + 1,389 + 744

Scientific designation
= very highly signicant yield advantage to Pioneer = highly signicant yield advantage to Pioneer = signicant yield advantage to Pioneer
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Positive drymatter differences indicate that the Pioneer hybrid had a higher average drymatter percentage at harvest. Such hybrids are usually shorter in maturity than the comparison. Negative drymatter differences indicate that the Pioneer hybrid had a lower average drymatter content at harvest. Such hybrids are usually longer in maturity than the comparison hybrid. COPY TO COME FOR THIS PAGE

03 MAY UPDATE In this table milksolids income is calculated assuming a milksolids response rate of 100g milksolids per kg of maize silage drymatter fed and a milksolids price of $6.00/kg.

Source: Pioneer Brand Products New Zealand Research Programme.

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Pioneer maize breeding: The continuing pursuit of yield excellence


To deliver yield gains, Pioneer breeders across the world are making breeding advancements without using genetic modifications. Some of the latest developments include;

Pioneer brand hybrids for maize silage


Our goal is simple yet complex: Help farmers plant the right product in the right paddock. Pioneer brand hybrid maize products offer the broadest range and combination of plant attributes to meet specic needs. They are not one-size-ts-all products. Introducing more choice. Two ranges of maize hybrids Elite Performers and Proven Performers.

Brown mid-rib (BMR) hybrids


BMR silage hybrids have been available in the USA for many years. While they have more digestible bre, previously available BMR hybrids have not been popular with growers because they produce lower drymatter yields and generally have poorer agronomic performance. Pioneer have developed BMR silage hybrids that combine the BMR bre digestibility advantage with excellent yields, high starch content, strong drought tolerance and a robust disease and pest package.

Pioneer brand

Elite Performers
Nitrogen-use efficient hybrids
Hybrids with improved nitrogen use efciency are being developed to produce more drymatter yield per unit of available nitrogen. Decreasing the amount of nitrogen needed per tonne of maize produced improves farmer protability while reducing the environmental impact of nitrogen. The Elite Performer range includes the latest and leading edge hybrids most recently released from the New Zealand Research Programme. Incorporating Pioneers latest germplasm, these products have dominated New Zealand trials. The Elite range offers farmers industry leading yields, improved stability, productivity and exibility.

Optimum AQUAmax hybrids


Optimum AQUAmax hybrids help minimise the risk of decreased yields due to drought stress, delivering yield stability even in dry seasons. The rst Optimum AQUAmax hybrid in New Zealand is P0791. See page 32.

Pioneer brand

Proven Performers
The Proven Performer range includes hybrids that have been trusted and have delivered yield stability and peace-of-mind to farmers over a number of seasons.

By planting Pioneer brand maize seed in New Zealand, growers can be confident they are accessing the latest genetics and technologies enjoyed by many farmers around the world.

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Pioneer brand hybrids for maize silage

CRM 72

CRM 78

CRM 84

39V43
9 9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

39G12
9 9 8 7 6 Drought tolerance Drought 5 Silage yield Silage yield 6

ELITE PERFORMER

39T45
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

Distinctively the earliest of the earlies!


Max 9 8 Readily available energy 8 Whole plant digestibility

Benchmark hybrid combines tonnage and energy!


Max 9 8 7 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy

Short in stature long on performance!


Max 9

7 6 Drought tolerance 5 Silage yield 6 6


Readily available energy

6 5
Drought tolerance

Growers in the cooler environments of the Lower North Island and South Island have been waiting for a hybrid that delivers top drymatter yields in the available growing season. A surprisingly tall plant with excellent early growth, very good standability and staygreen delivering silage with superb energy and whole plant digestibility. Best used in high altitude Central North Island, Taranaki, Lower North Island and South Island in environments where 39G12 is considered too late in maturity.

Excellent yields, sound drought tolerance and outstanding early growth. An exceptional choice for tonnage and energy in shorter season environments. 39G12 is a dual purpose grain and silage hybrid that delivers high quality, grain-dense silage with excellent readily available energy and superior whole plant digestibility. Widely established in Taranaki, Lower North Island and South Island. An early companion to 39T45, 39F58, 38V12 and 38H20.

Combines excellent agronomics with top silage yields. Short stature with sound standability, drought tolerance, very good resistance to Northern Leaf Blight, Common Rust and superior whole plant digestibility. 39T45 may be planted to achieve early harvest in the Southern Waikato, for general plantings in the Lower North Island and Canterbury and as a mid to full season hybrid for South or higher altitude Canterbury and North Otago. Companion with 39G12, 39F58, 38V12 or 38H20.

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Whole plant digestibility

Early growth

Early growth Early

Early growth

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield Grain

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen Staygreen

Staygreen

CRM 86

CRM 88

CRM 91

39F58
9 9

PROVEN PERFORMER

38V12
9 9 8

ELITE PERFORMER

38H20
9 9 7 7

ELITE PERFORMER

Delivers great silage yields.

Exceptionally well balanced hybrid that delivers.


Max 9

Tested, tried and proven!

Max 9

Max 9

7 Whole plant digestibility 6 6 Drought tolerance 6 6


Readily available energy

7 Readily available energy 6


Whole plant digestibility

6 Drought tolerance 5 Early growth


Readily available energy

6
Whole plant digestibility

Drought tolerance

Early growth

Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

Superior ratings for Northern Leaf Blight, Common Rust and early growth. Moderately tall with an impressive chunky cob delivering high grain content silage with digestibility cows love. While defensive and widely adapted, 39F58 is best placed in moderate to high yielding situations. A popular choice in South Waikato, Northern and Central Taranaki, Manawatu and into the South Island where it increasingly becomes a full season option. Companion with 39T45, 38V12 and 38H20.

Strong early emergence, excellent roots, sound stalks and impressive drought tolerance, which together with superior staygreen add appeal to this silage stalwart. 38V12 has been proven to deliver stable, top-end yields, while maintaining comparative yield advantage in moderate to challenging environments. 38V12 has a broad area of adaptation including coastal Taranaki, Rangitikei, Wairarapa and the warmer districts of the South Island. Companion with 39F58, 38H20 and P9400.

A tall plant with strong resistance to Northern Leaf Blight, dependable drought tolerance, superior roots, stalks and staygreen. The solid profile of 38H20 makes it an excellent choice from Kaitaia to Timaru! In the north it may be considered for the production of early feed or when late planting is necessary. From Taranaki, Manawatu and south into Canterbury 38H20 will be an important hybrid choice for all normal planting dates. Companion with 39F58, 38V12 and P9400.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hybrid comparisons are only valid within a range of + or - 4 CRM. These descriptions mainly feature product strengths. When choosing hybrids, also review carefully the trait ratings found in the table on page 40. Contact your local Pioneer Area Manager or merchant representative for further advice.
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Pioneer brand hybrids for maize silage

CRM 94

CRM 94

CRM 95

P9400
Stands tall delivers big time!
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

38P05
Reliable widely adapted veteran.
9 8

PROVEN PERFORMER

37Y12
9 9 8

ELITE PERFORMER

Exceptional performer! Produces silage with excellent energy and digestibility!


Max 9 9 8 Readily available energy Whole plant digestibility Max 9

Max 9

7 6 Drought tolerance

7 Readily available energy

7 Whole plant digestibility 6

7 5 Early growth

7 Readily available energy

7 Whole plant digestibility 6 Drought tolerance 5 Silage yield

Drought tolerance

Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

A tall dense plant producing high grain content silage with superior energy and digestibility. Has strong early growth, dependable drought tolerance, standability and staygreen. Sound disease resistance package. Performs best in moderate to high yield environments in Northland, Waikato, Taranaki and Lower North Island. Intermediate in maturity between 38H20, 38V12 and 37Y12.

The plant profile includes superior drought tolerance and above average Northern Leaf Blight resistance. Produces high grain content silage with superior digestibility. 38P05 is reliable and adapted to a wide range of environments from Northland to Canterbury. Particularly suitable for high wind run or dry coastal production. The preferred product for more challenging yield environments and light soils. Companion with 38H20, 38V12 or P9400.

Adapted to high yielding environments and variable or light soils that require drought tolerance. A top choice where cold wet soils challenge emergence and early growth. Offers superior Northern Leaf Blight resistance. 37Y12 is highly competitive in the Lower North Island as a mid to late maturity option but is also well positioned in Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty as a stable, defensive early hybrid. Companion with 38H20, 38V12, P9400 or P0021 depending on maturity requirements.

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Staygreen

Early growth

CRM 100

CRM 100

CRM 103

P0021
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

36H36
9 8 7 7

PROVEN PERFORMER

36M28
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

Mid maturity but top of the class for quality silage yields!
9 8 7 6 Drought tolerance 7 Readily available energy Whole plant digestibility Max 9

Widely adapted, consistent performer.


Max 9 8 7 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy

Impressive yielding all rounder! Dominates plantings in this maturity.


Max 9 8 7 6 Drought tolerance 7 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy 8

6 Drought tolerance

Early growth

Early growth

A relatively short plant with excellent grain yields results in silage with superior energy and digestibility. Produces an eye-catching ear on plants with sound standability and staygreen, bundled together with top disease resistance. An excellent option in moderate to high yield environments in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Lower North Island. May be companioned with P9400, which is earlier or 36M28 as a later option.

Strong early growth, sound agronomics, disease resistance and delivers consistently high grain content silage with superior digestibility. Mid maturity option for Northland, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay. In the warmer localities of the Waikato 36H36 may be considered for the production of mid to early maturing silage, for early planting at altitude or for late planting. In the Lower North Island 36H36 becomes a full season option.

Dual purpose product, for silage or grain, producing outstanding silage yields with excellent whole plant digestibility and readily available energy. Has strong early growth and develops a tall plant with dependable agronomics and strong Common Rust resistance. In Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay 36M28 may be considered a mid maturity silage hybrid. In the warmer parts of the Lower North Island 36M28 is full season requiring early planting to realise its yield potential. Companion with 35A30, P0791 or P0021.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hybrid comparisons are only valid within a range of + or - 4 CRM. These descriptions mainly feature product strengths. When choosing hybrids, also review carefully the trait ratings found in the table on page 40. Contact your local Pioneer Area Manager or merchant representative for further advice.
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Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

Staygreen

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Pioneer brand hybrids for maize silage

CRM 105

CRM 106

35A30
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

P0791
9 9 8 9

ELITE PERFORMER

Broadly adapted - strong agronomics top silage quality.


Max 9 8 7 7 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy 6 Drought tolerance 8

Optimum AQUAmax technology delivers top of the line drought tolerance. Yield and grain! Cows will love it!
9 Max 9

The most advanced maize drought tolerant technology Optimum AQUAmax is available in New Zealand.

7 6 Drought tolerance Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy

Combines great all round agronomics with dependable staygreen and drought tolerance. Also has strong Northern Leaf Blight and Common Rust resistance. A tall plant for its maturity with low ear placement. Produces silage with superior energy content and digestibility. Adapted to a wide range of environments including Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and East Coast. Companion with 36M28 and P0791 or P0891.

Produces a tall plant with a chunky ear delivering impressive yields of soft textured grain. Excellent silage appeal is enhanced by superior drought tolerance, staygreen and solid disease resistance. Produces outstanding yields in northern production areas through to Bay of Plenty and East Coast. Bred to perform in the dry, it is also competitive in moderate to high yielding situations. Companion with 36M28, 35A30, P0891 or 34D71.

Optimum AQUAmax hybrids are exciting new products that offer growers additional choices to help minimise risk and maximise crop productivity under drought stress. Developed and tested utilising Pioneers extensive drought technology research and proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) system, Optimum AQUAmax hybrids help deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments. Simply stated Optimum AQUAmax hybrids:  Maximise water access through an extended rooting system.  Help minimise the risk of decreased yields due to drought stress.  Deliver yield stability even in dry seasons.

Early growth

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Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

CRM 107

CRM 107

CRM 109

34D71
9 9

PROVEN PERFORMER

P0891
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

34K77
9 8

PROVEN PERFORMER

The Northern Leaf Blight resistant option!


9 8 7 7 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy 6 Drought tolerance Max 9

Exciting hybrid with a wellbalanced agronomic profile.


Max 9 8 7 7 Readily available energy 6 Drought tolerance 7 Whole plant digestibility

Tough to take the drought!

Max 9 8 7 6 Drought tolerance 6 Readily available energy Whole plant digestibility 8

Early growth

Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Very good ratings for stalk strength, staygreen and Northern Leaf Blight. Exceptional yields in moderate to high yield environments. 34D71 silage is an excellent source of energy with superior whole plant and fibre digestibility. 34D71 is adapted to Northland, the warmer parts of Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northern Hawkes Bay. An excellent option where the risk of Northern Leaf Blight is considered high. Companion with 36M28, 35A30, P0791 and P0891.

P0891 has shown excellent grain and silage performance in all northern production regions in New Zealand. Produces high starch content silage with excellent digestibility ratings. P0891 is well adapted from moderate to high yielding paddocks. With sound root and stalk lodging ratings is well adapted to high plant populations, but these should be adjusted to match yield expectations. Has very good drought tolerance and staygreen combined with above average resistance to Northern Leaf Blight. Companion with 36M28, 35A30, P0791, P1253 or 34P88.

Good agronomics and grain yields for the production of consistent quality silage. Widely adapted in northern maize growing regions, 34K77 has defensive attributes for tough conditions. With its sound drought tolerance this hybrid is an excellent option in drought prone soils and in challenging lower yielding environments prevalent from Huntly West and the Hauraki Plains through the Bay of Plenty. In early planted, higher yielding environments use P0791, 34D71, P0891, 34P88 or P1253.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hybrid comparisons are only valid within a range of + or - 4 CRM. These descriptions mainly feature product strengths. When choosing hybrids, also review carefully the trait ratings found in the table on page 40. Contact your local Pioneer Area Manager or merchant representative for further advice.
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Grain yield

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Pioneer brand hybrids for maize silage


CRM 109 CRM 109 CRM 109

34F95
9 9 8 7 7

ELITE PERFORMER

34P88
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

P1253
9 9 8

ELITE PERFORMER

Impressive combination of agronomics, leaf disease resistance and silage yield.


Max 9 8

Top end performer with balanced agronomics.


Max 9 8 7 7 Readily available energy 7 Whole plant digestibility

Impressive yield! Impressive energy! Impressive digestibility!


9 8 6 Drought tolerance 6 Whole plant digestibility Readily available energy Max 9

Readily available energy

6
Whole plant digestibility

6 Drought tolerance

Drought tolerance

Early growth

Early growth

34F95 is tall, very similar in type and appearance to 34P88. Provides strong agronomic stability through superior drought tolerance, staygreen and dependable stalk strength. Has good Northern Leaf Blight, Common Rust and Head Smut resistance. Produces exceptional silage with excellent digestibility and energy content from Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty through into Hawkes Bay. Companion with P0891, 34P88 or P1253.

Delivers exceptional silage and grain yields for Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty through the Northern Hawkes Bay. Tall hybrid with dependable stalks, superior drought tolerance and pleasing staygreen providing a wide harvest window. Produces grain-rich silage with excellent readily available energy and superior whole plant digestibility. Companion with 33G26, 33M54 and P1253 or with P0891 and 34D71 which are earlier.

Similar in maturity to 34P88 but slightly shorter with lower ear placement. P1253 is well adapted to higher yield potential situations and should be planted early to optimise its performance opportunity. Has excellent staygreen and a strong agronomic package. Produces impressive yields of high grain content silage with superior readily available energy and whole plant digestibility ratings. An excellent companion for 34P88.

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Early growth

Silage yield

Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

Staygreen

CRM 112

CRM 112

CRM 116

33G26
9

PROVEN PERFORMER

33M54
9 9

ELITE PERFORMER

31G66
Imposing giant.
9 9 8 8

ELITE PERFORMER

The traditional heavy weight.

A giant plant with standout eye appeal and performance!


Max 9

Max 9

Max 9

7 Readily available energy

7 Whole plant digestibility

7 6 Drought tolerance

7 Readily available energy

7 Whole plant digestibility 6 Drought tolerance

7 Readily available energy

7 Whole plant digestibility

Drought tolerance

Early growth

Early growth

A very tall, full season hybrid with superior early growth, dependable drought tolerance and solid agronomics delivering top silage yields. 33G26 is excellent in warmer northern regions for contract silage producers, dairy farm run-off production or for on-farm growers with early planting opportunities. The first choice for farmers wanting to greenfeed a portion of their crop. For later planting use P0891 or 34D71. Companion with 33M54.

Industry leading grain dense silage yields are further enhanced by superior whole plant digestibility and readily available energy. 33M54 has dependable drought tolerance and very good staygreen to support a wide harvest window. A stable hybrid which performs well at all yield levels and is recommended for planting in warmer full season situations in Northland, South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and down the East Coast to Northern Hawkes Bay. Companion with 33G26.

A very late maturing hybrid for early planting in New Zealands warmest growing environments in Northland and coastal Bay of Plenty. Has outstanding drought tolerance and staygreen ratings for a wide harvest window. 31G66 is a very tall hybrid which produces silage with superior digestibility and energy content ratings. To exploit the performance of this hybrid plant before 10 October into high yield potential paddocks and establish 90,000 to 100,000 plants per hectare. A significantly later option than the popular 33M54.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hybrid comparisons are only valid within a range of + or - 4 CRM. These descriptions mainly feature product strengths. When choosing hybrids, also review carefully the trait ratings found in the table on page 40. Contact your local Pioneer Area Manager or merchant representative for further advice.
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Silage yield

Silage yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Grain yield

Staygreen

Staygreen

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Trait characteristics notes


1

Silage comparative relative maturity (CRM): Pioneer silage CRM ratings provide a comparison between Pioneer hybrids indicating the relative rates at which hybrids reach harvestable whole plant drymatter. They do not represent actual calendar days from planting to harvest. Yield for maturity: Hybrid comparisons should only be made within a range of + or 4 CRM. Analysis of differences in harvest drymatter percentages between hybrids measured in our New Zealand forage research programme show products compared within + or 4 CRM will reach ideal silage harvest maturity (defined as 30 - 38% DM) within about seven days of each other. Adaptability to high population: A measure of the mix of genetic factors that permit a maize plant to withstand the stresses of high population and still give good standability and high yields. Adaptability to low population: An indicator of a hybrids ability to compensate (flex) cob size for stand loss from insect damage or poor emergence.

14

 Cool environments: In cool environments, including high altitude sites greater than approximately 150 m / 500 ft above sea level, select your yield environment using the descriptions below, then increase established plant populations to the next level i.e. for 39T45 in a medium yield environment at high altitude, plant to achieve 120,000 established plants per hectare.  Established plant populations: These assume good seed establishment conditions. If you are planting very early or into a less than ideal seedbed or where insect pressure may be high (e.g. a shorter than optimum fallow period), plant populations may need to be increased to compensate for reduced establishment due to field losses. Plant populations: The tabulated established populations are recommendations only. Work with your local Pioneer Area Manager or merchant seed representative to determine the appropriate plant populations for your specific growing environment.

15

16

 Early growth: Ratings are taken when two leaf collars are visible. Plant height: 9 = Tall. 1 = Short. Staygreen: A measure of late season plant health. A lower score also means that the plant stover loses colour and dries down more rapidly at maturity. Whole plant digestibility: Based on estimated 24 hour in vitro, whole plant digestibility percentage (DM basis) as predicted by Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS).

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Growing environment definitions: May include some or all of the following characteristics: Challenging yield environments (CYE) Typically light, sandy or shallow soils of low fertility, low moisture retention, and predictably low summer rainfall (drought-prone environments). High cob or leaf disease pressure. Medium yield environments (MYE) Average fertility soils with predictably adequate summer rainfall and good moisture retention. Continuously cropped soils. Medium to low cob or leaf disease pressure. Recommended for new maize growers. High yield environments (HYE) Typically deeper, highly fertile and well structured soils with good moisture retention. Predictably good summer rainfall, shelter from high wind run. Good soils straight out of long term pasture. Low or no cob or leaf disease pressure.

7

 Fibre digestibility: Based on 24 hour enzymatic estimate of the proportion of degradable neutral detergent fibre (NDF) as a percentage of the total NDF in whole plant sample, predicted by NIRS. Silage crude protein: Based on the amount of crude protein in the whole plant, predicted by NIRS.  Readily available energy (RAE): Based on total starch, sugar and oil content of hybrids harvested at silage maturity. Use this score as a relative comparison of the whole plant concentration of more readily available energy (primarily grain) among individual hybrids. Northern Leaf Blight (NLB) and Eyespot: Caution: In conditions where NLB and Eyespot risks are high, growers should only consider planting hybrids with at least moderate resistance ratings of 5 or higher for these diseases.  Hybrid disease resistance ratings: 8 to 9 = Highly resistant. 6 to 7 = Resistant. 4 to 5 = Moderately resistant. 1 to 3 = Susceptible. - = Insufficient data. Common Rust ratings are mostly based on United States and European data as the New Zealand database is usually too small to give a statistically valid rating. Eyespot and NLB ratings are based on overseas data together with New Zealand observations. Scores are based on visual assessment only and not on yield reduction data.

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11

12

13

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Step by step guide

Choosing the right hybrid for your farm


Complete the following four steps to determine the right hybrid product for your paddock.

Calculate your days from planting to harvest


Use the chart below to calculate the number of days between your proposed planting and harvest dates.

/
planting date

2012

/
harvest date

2013

days

Days from planting to harvest

Line up your planned planting date column with your target harvest date row to find the actual number of days.
Planned planting date 2012 September 21 5 10 15 20 25 2 7 12 17 22 27 1 6 11 16 21 26 137 142 147 152 157 162 February 26 132 137 142 147 152 157 162 October 1 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162 6 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162 11 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162 16 21 26 31 November 5 10 15 20 25 30

Target harvest date 2013

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

April

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

March

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162

122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157

122 127 132 137 142 147 152

122 127 132 137 142 147

NOTE: It is possible to plant from mid September through to mid December in most areas. Please contact your local Pioneer Area Manager or phone 0800 PIONEER (0800 746 633) for advice on hybrid selections for earlier or later plantings.

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Hybrid options for your region


Identify the appropriate hybrid(s) for your region by matching your number of days from planting to harvest (as calculated in Step 1) with the hybrids in your region. Write options in the box on the opposite page.

REGION 1
Northland / South Auckland Coastal BOP / Gisborne Northern Hawkes Bay
Hybrids Estimated days from planting to harvest Maturity

REGION 2
North and Central Waikato and King Country
Hybrids Estimated days from planting to harvest Maturity

REGION 3
South Waikato / Coastal Taranaki Manawatu / Rangitikei Southern Wairarapa Central Hawkes Bay
Hybrids Estimated days from planting to harvest Maturity

39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05 37Y12 P0021 36H36 36M28 35A30 P0791 34D71 P0891 34K77 34F95 34P88 P1253 33G26 33M54 31G66
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122 - 135 123 - 136 124 - 138 126 - 140 126 - 140 127 - 141 130 - 144 130 - 144 132 - 145 133 - 147 135 - 151 135 - 151 135 - 151 139 - 152 140 - 153 140 - 153 140 - 153 142 - 156 143 - 157 150 - 170 VL F M S VS

39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05 37Y12 P0021 36H36 36M28 35A30 P0791 34D71 P0891 34K77 34F95 34P88 P1253 33G26 33M54

125 - 139 128 - 141 129 - 143 131 - 145 131 - 145 132 - 146 134 - 148 134 - 148 137 - 153 138 - 154 139 - 155 139 - 155 139 - 155 142 - 155 143 - 156 143 - 156 143 - 156 145 - 159 146 - 160 F M S VS

39G12 39T45 39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05 37Y12 P0021 36H36 36M28

126 - 140 134 - 148 135 - 149 136 - 150 137 - 152 140 - 154 140 - 154 144 - 156 145 - 159 145 - 159 148 - 160

VS

M F

Maturity Key
VS = Very short S = Short M = Mid
= Elite Performer

F = Full VL = Very long


= Proven Performer

Fill out the trait ratings on page 41 Hybrid options for your paddocks.

Choose traits that are important to you


Hybrid 2 Hybrid 3
Determine the hybrid traits (plant features) that are important to you for your cropping environment. On the following page enter the hybrid trait ratings for the hybrids you selected in Step 2.

Hybrid 1

Silage CRM1 Grain yield for maturity2 Silage yield for maturity2 Adaptability to high population3 Adaptability to low population4 (ear flex)

Yield

REGION 4
Central Taranaki / Rotorua Taupo / Southern Hawkes Bay / Northern Wairarapa Horowhenua
Hybrids Estimated days from planting to harvest Maturity

REGION 5
Nelson / Marlborough North & Mid Canterbury

REGION 6
South Canterbury North Otago / West Coast
Hybrids Estimated days from planting to harvest Maturity

Drought tolerance Stalk strength

Plant traits

Root strength Early growth5 Plant height6 Staygreen7

151 - 165 153 - 168

F = Elite Performer = Proven Performer

Hybrid disease ratings13

39V43 39G12 39T45 39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05 37Y12 P0021

133 - 143 140 - 150 142 - 156 143 - 158 146 - 160 148 - 162 149 - 163 149 - 163

VS S

39V43 39G12 39T45 39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05

143 - 156 150 - 163 153 - 167 155 - 169 158 - 172 160 - 174 161 - 176 162 - 176

VS S

159 - 173

Silage quality traits

39V43 39G12 39T45 39F58

148 - 163 155 - 170 158 - 172

S M F Whole plant digestibility8 Fibre digestibility9 Silage crude protein10 Silage readily available energy11 Northern Leaf Blight12 Common Rust Eyespot12 Challenging yield environments17

Maturity Key
F

VS = Very short S = Short M = Mid

F = Full VL = Very long

Recommended established plant populations (000s/ha) 14, 15,16,17

Medium yield environments17

120 115 115 115 108 108 108 108 108 108 104 104 104 104 104 105 104 104 104 105 104 104 90

Hybrid maturity is based on heat unit accumulation through the season. Hybrids will therefore be quicker to harvest in warmer regions or warmer seasons. For example, a hybrid planted in coastal Bay of Plenty will be ready for harvesting much earlier than the same hybrid planted on the same day in Central Taranaki due to the faster accumulation of heat units in the Bay of Plenty environment. This has important implications for hybrid selection. The table above is a guide as to the estimated days from planting to harvest for Pioneer brand hybrids in the regions for which they are recommended for silage. This information is generated from silage hybrid trials carried out in these regions over several seasons.

High yield environments17

130 120 120 120 115 115 115 115 115 115 108 108 108 108 108 110 108 108 108 110 108 104 100
RATINGS: 9 = Outstanding 1 = Poor - = Insufficient data available = New hybrid NR = Not recommended

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39V43 39G12 39T45 39F58 38V12 38H20 P9400 38P05 37Y12 P0021 36H36 36M28 35A30 P0791 34D71 P0891 34K77 34F95 34P88 P1253 33G26 33M54 31G66
72 78 84 86 88 91 94 94 95 100 100 103 105 106 107 107 109 109 109 109 112 112 116 9 9 8 5 5 6 6 9 5 6 8 6 9 8 3 9 9 7 7 7 6 4 8 8 5 7 6 7 8 4 6 9 9 9 6 6 6 7 6 5 5 7 7 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 8 6 5 6 6 7 6 7 7 8 6 7 6 9 9 9 9 8 6 8 7 6 7 6 6 7 7 6 6 9 9 9 9 7 6 6 5 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 5 9 9 8 9 7 7 7 7 8 6 7 7 8 9 7 6 9 8 9 8 7 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 9 9 8 6 8 5 6 6 6 5 8 7 8 9 6 5 6 9 9 8 9 6 6 7 7 6 7 8 8 7 9 7 6 8 9 8 8 7 5 6 7 5 6 8 8 7 7 6 6 9 9 8 8 7 7 5 7 8 6 8 6 6 8 5 7 9 9 8 7 7 5 5 6 8 7 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 9 9 7 9 9 6 5 6 7 8 7 8 8 9 5 7 9 9 8 8 7 7 5 6 7 7 8 7 7 9 7 5 9 9 9 6 7 8 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 6 5 9 8 8 8 7 4 5 6 6 6 8 7 7 8 5 6 6 9 9 8 8 7 7 5 7 7 8 6 8 7 8 6 6 9 9 8 7 7 6 5 7 7 6 7 7 6 8 5 5 9 9 9 6 6 6 5 6 6 8 8 7 7 9 5 5 7 9 9 7 7 7 5 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 9 9 7 6 7 7 4 6 6 7 7 6 8 7 5 6 9 9 6 9 8 7 5 6 8 8 7 8 6 7 5 5 NR 108 108 NR 104 104 100 104 104 100 100 100 100 100 NR 95 100 100 100 95 100 100 NR
= Elite Performer = Proven Performer For footnotes please refer to page 36.

Use the trait ratings table on page 40

Choose traits that are important to you


Determine the hybrid traits (plant features) that are important to you for your cropping environment. Enter the hybrid trait ratings for the hybrids you selected in Step 2.

Hybrid 1

Hybrid 2

Hybrid 3

Silage yield rating1 Grain yield rating1 Drought tolerance rating Staygreen rating2 Early growth rating3 Leaf disease rating4

Bag calculator
Determine the number of bags required for each paddock on your farm. See page 40 for planting population rates.
Formula: Example: 39V43 Paddock name Hybrid

80 = C 120 x 10 80 = 15 A x B A Planting population B Hectares C Bags required

1 2 3
Notes

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