Harvesting Silage Maize at the Optimal Maturity
The no.1 objective of cattle breeders in Europe – Harvest at the right time to optimize quality and conservation in the silo.
Harvesting between 32-35% of dry matter is the good compromise between yield, feed value and quality of conservation.
Silage maize hybrids are an important tool to help livestock producers manage livestock feed security and efficiency in the face of changing climate conditions. Research shows that presently two-thirds of farmers do not harvest their silage maize at the optimal staging. Choosing the right silage maize – like GREEN+ from MAS Seeds – variety can give you more harvest flexibility and a better feed quality in your silo.
What is Stay-green?
Stay-green is defined as a genetic ability of a maize variety to delay the maturity of leaves and stems, allowing it to continue its photosynthetic process for longer period.
In the face of climate change and drought stress the optimal harvest window for silage maize grows shorter and more unpredictable. Our seed research team at MAS Seeds have spent over 15 years examining the morphological and physiological factors of the maize plant affected by drought.
This has led us to develop the Green+ line of maize hybrids, which have an improved ability to respond to stress including a longer stay-green period. These genetic advances make it possible to ensure that each stage of silage maize production – from harvest to animal feeding to the quality of the silo – is lower risk and more profitable for your farm.
Keep +3% More Silage with GREEN+
MAS Seeds experts analyzed more than 500 maize silos for two years in 10 European countries. GREEN+ hybrids have shown a high level of soluble sugars at harvest as well as a higher proportion of green parts which consume more oxygen in the silo. This gives GREEN+ hybrids a quicker start of fermentation and a faster pH drop in the silo. With GREEN+, losses are limited with less impact of bacteria activities and the silage quality is better preserved.
GREEN+ Silo Classic Silo
Innovative Hybrids by MAS Seeds Experts
Characteristics of GREEN+ Hybrids
- Good stay-green of the plant
- More flexibility to harvest +5 to 10 days*
- Better organisation of harvest planning
STORAGE IN SILO
- More soluble sugars in the plant
- Better conservation in silo +3% of green forage grain*
- Quicker start of fermentation and pH decrease
- Slower evolution of grain dry matter
- Higher valorisation of starch +5% digestible starch*
- Grains easier to crash
GREEN+ Silage Maize Seeds Portfolio
The GREEN+ portfolio offers 18 silage maize varieties for spring 2022 developed by the R&D team in our maize silage research program.
MAS Seeds silage hybrids are tested in environments that farmers grow to provide consistent yields in good conditions and poor conditions considering several parameters such as yield potential, disease tolerance, drought tolerance and lodging tolerance are taking into account. GREEN+ hybrids also have to provide energy through fiber and starch.
MAS 075B GREEN+
MAS 08F GREEN+
MAS 10A GREEN+
MAS 12H GREEN+
DM0501 GREEN +