Before a single Pacific Seeds hybrid makes it through to commercial New Zealand release, the company really puts it to the test.
All Pacific Seeds hybrids undergo extensive trialling before commercial release to NZ growers.
Pacific Seeds’ territory manager Barry Smallridge says an international selection process that spans the globe is followed by at least three years of demanding and closely-monitored trials within the New Zealand environment.
“So if they are on our commercial hybrid list – you know they’ll deliver,” says Barry. Pacific Seeds maize hybrids are bred to deliver strong performance across the following categories: dry matter yields and grain yield/quality; yield stability, across environments and seasons; and agronomic traits, including ‘standability’, drought and disease resistance.
“That’s why hybrids like PAC 624, PAC 606, PAC 456 and DKC57-83, which are ideal for Waikato/BOP, have performed so well over the last few seasons,” says Barry.
“The first two are silage-only hybrids and each has had exceptional endorsement from our growers – both in regard to yield and silage quality.” PAC 624 is a high-yielding, full-season hybrid that produces a soft, starchy, easily digestible grain with recorded ME consistently in the 12-13 per cent range. During the last season some Northland growers reported yields exceeding 30 tonnes/ha with PAC 624.
PAC 606 is a medium to tall, full-season hybrid with medium plant bulk, huge cobs and very good stay-green. Ngatea dairy farmer Ross Carter has grown this hybrid for a number of seasons.
“Our experience with PAC 606 and PAC 624 has been really positive,” says Ross.
“We need a hybrid that can stand up to the winds that roar in off the Firth of Thames and these two handle it better than anything else we’ve grown here in the past.”
“They have also been really consistent high yielders for us with 25 tonnes/ha being the norm and ME levels in excess of 11 per cent,” says Ross.
Barry says PAC 456 also recorded high yields last season. “Growers were also impressed by this hybrid’s silage quality, stainability and long harvest window.”
DKC57-83 is a full, season grain preferred hybrid, with features of fast dry-down and ease of harvest.
It’s become a firm favorite with the region’s growers, like Jeff Gorringe of Gorringe Brothers Ltd in Katikati.
“We’re into our fourth season with this hybrid and it’s has been a really consistent performer for us, with the yields always up around the top end.
“Best of all, it is always about two per cent dryer than the next best hybrid we grow,” says Jeff.
Pacific Seeds’ commitment to NZ growers ensures they’re provided with hybrids well-suited to meet their specific performance requirements – and this season’s range is no exception, with proven maize hybrids across all maturities.
“So regardless of where you’re located, if you’re looking for hybrids that consistently deliver, Pacific Seeds has got you covered,” says Barry.