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MASTERS CHOICE CORN

Introduction

If you are looking for bushel weights of 60 pounds or more, shelled corn so hard that it will never break up even if you ship it to Mars, and every combination of traits known to man, you are not looking for Masters Choice. If you want corn stalks that seem to take years to degrade back into organic matter for your soil, you are not looking for Masters Choice.

But if you want corn hybrids that are bred to be fed as well as to compete out of their own strengths-not strengths from genetic engineering—take a look at MC corn. Yes, MC corn is bred to be fed. Its kernels are more floury than the vast majority of all competing hybrids while at the same time having highly digestible fiber (NDFD or TTNDFD).

It is well known that typical corn hybrids-particularly the BMRs, which have very digestible fiber-are plagued by their less than highly digestible corn (starch). It is true that their kernels become more digestible over time in fermentation, but it generally takes three to six months or longer for the corn's starch to become part of the diet (producing milk)-instead of part of your cows' manure production!

Masters Choice has specialized in corn hybrids that have high digestibility (NDFD) as well as highly available, floury grain for over 40 years—providing complete availability for your cows almost as soon as it is placed in storage! This more floury grain provides your cows (and your Nutritionist) with a steady supply of available starch. There is no need to adjust the diet as the feeding year proceeds, and no need to have six months of corn silage inventory to get around the problem of low starch availability.

MC hybrids have dominated the World Dairy Expo Forage Analysis Superbowl (FASB) for the last seven years (see article on page 6). This performance only proves, however, that MC hybrids are very competitive in fiber digestibility and starch production (bushels per acre), because starch availability is not measured at the FASB competition for two reasons. First, and most important, entries must be at least a year old, which narrows MC corn's starch availability advantage. Second, some powerful corn companies that deny our starch availability advantage have insisted that it be excluded from the judging. (Our view is that these companies will continue to deny it until they discover how to get it for their own hybrids!)

Of course, yield is still a big player in corn silage production. Witness the yield drag of BMR silage. By contrast, MC hybrids have competed each year since 2008 in the largest corn silage trials in the nation, held at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and they get consistently high marks in Yield, Quality (NDFD) and Milk per Acre.

If you require traited corn hybrids, Byron Seeds has them. But MC hybrids have strong natural plant health, and we have a full lineup of non-traited, non-GMO hybrids.