Contributing to the improvement of agriculture

Cultivars ideally suited for multiple crop production


Monsanto has launched 10 new maize cultivars – two white and eight yellow – with high yield potential for the 2016/17 planting season. The launch was at Rietgat, the company’s experimental farm, Lichtenburg. More than 200 farmers and their families attended. Further launches will be held at strategic venues in the summer grain production area.

“We believe that, with new genetics to improve crop production, double cropping and increased growth vigour as our goal, we will be able to make a contribution to the improvement of agriculture in our endeavours to boost productivity on the farm and food quality,” said Kobus Steenekamp, managing director of Monsanto, at the launch.

The two new white cultivars are DKC76-61B and DKC63-53, and the yellow DKC68-58BR, DKC68-56R, DKC71-44B, DKC71-42, DKC74-74BR, DKC74-26R, DKC65-52BR, and DKC64-54BR.

Some of the outstanding traits of the new cultivars are

  • new genetics with excellent yield potential;
  • widespread adaptability;
  • stable performance under varying conditions;
  • rapid-drying;
  • excellent grain quality;
  • a good disease tolerance package;
  • good standability; and
  • multi-eared.

DKC63-53 (white) and DKC65-52BR and DKC64-54BR (both yellow) are ultra-short growing season cultivars specifically suited for full irrigation, not less than 80 000 plants/ha. Moderating plant types and genetics (single-ear and stem) make them ideally suited for high yield potential under full irrigation practices. They are also ideally suited for multiple crop production where two harvests per season could be produced, for instance after maize has been harvested wheat can be planted immediately.

For more information contact Gert Heyns 082 388 0211

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