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NOTICE: From time to time, supplies of Certified Organic Seed run out. When this occurs, we use the organic seeds (in a mixture) that we still have and then use Untreated non-GMO seed for the remainder of the mixture. We will then issue a non-GMO letter upon request.

High-oil corn has come a long way over the last 30 to 40 years, and with the continuing increase in organic dairy farms, a new use for these hybrids has emerged. With energy a difficult nutrient to attain for organic dairies, high-oil corn hybrids may help fill this role.

Although oil has 2.25 times as much energy as corn grain, the problem for organic dairies is that extra fat sources usually are not organic. But by using a higher-fat corn hybrid, fat levels in organic diets can be increased, thereby raising the energy density of the diet.

Of course, we know that too high a level of vegetable fat in a diet can cause many problems, including milk fat depression, lower dry matter intake and lameness. Fortunately, organic dairies are very rarely at risk - except when feeding organic extruded soybeans along with high-oil corn.

Byron Seeds offers two options for high-oil corn. One is KF 58H82, a mid-oil hybrid that can yield with your favorites, is tall and has lots of flex. This corn hybrid is an agronomically strong and showy 108-day relative maturity (RM) hybrid. The days may be a little long for some organic producers in the North, but where feasible, KF 58H82 will produce a mid-range level of fat (3 percent to 5 percent). Also, it's possible to have a slight increase in protein (along with the essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, threonine and tryptophan) if there is adequate nitrogen fertility. Note that it's important to grow high-oil hybrids on your best soils.

The second hybrid, KF 56H91 (RM = 106), is planted with another similar RM corn so it will cross-pollinate the other corn, causing it to also have higher fat. The ratio of the planting population is 70 percent to 75 percent conventional corn and 25 percent to 30 percent high-oil corn. But note that although a very high oil producer, KF 56H91 is not as agronomically strong as KF 58H82 and could have a slight yield drag.

These two hybrids have an even stronger use in monogastric nutrition. So if you're raising poultry or hogs, be sure to look at our high-oil corns. You'll find them to be highly palatable for all livestock.

KF 56H91 106 day RM
Conventional
A medium tall plant with flex ears, needs to be used in a sidekick program mixed 25-30% with conventional corn.
  • Increases oil content in the grain 2-3%
  • Increases protein up to 30%
  • Higher levels of rich essential amino acids, lysine and methionine
  • Excellent drought and heat tolerance
  • Conventional untreated non-GMO hybrid
  • A floury grain and the Value Plus® give it a smaller molecule of starch making it very digestible
  • SideKick™ gives excellent yield usually no yield drag compared to your favorite hybrid
  • Stalk has shown high sucrose levels
Optimum planting rate: Dryland – a 30-34K M/A Irrigated – 34-38 M/A. Put on your best ground. SideKick™ blend rate = 70% conventional corn + 30% KF 56H91
Relative Maturity106 Day Milk per tonExcellent Plant HeightTall
Ear TypeFlex Digestible starchExcellent VigorExcellent
Grain Yield potentialGood Digestible fiberExcellent RootGood
Grain QualityExcellent Stay GreenExcellent Ear PlacementMed-High, High
Silage tonnage potentialExcellent Husk CoverGood Plant health standabilityExcellent
Test WeightMedium StalkExcellent   
   EmergenceVery Good   


KF 58H82 108 day RM / UT
A tall plant with great flex and eye appeal. Use on better soils for silage.
  • High digestive stalk
  • Highly digestible starch
  • High-oil corn. 5-6.5% in the grain. Value Plus® livestock production corn has a smaller molecule starch so is more readily available
  • Increased protein - up to 30% more
  • Higher amino acids than regular corn
  • Excellent yielder
  • The Value Plus® allows you to grow more energy on your farm.
Best suited for silage, planted at 26,000 to 30,000 potential for very high silage yields under ideal condition
Relative Maturity108 Day Milk per tonExcellent Plant HeightTall
Ear TypeFlex Digestible starchExcellent VigorMedium
Grain Yield potentialGood Digestible fiberExcellent RootExcellent
Grain QualityVery Good Stay GreenExcellent Ear PlacementMed-High, High
Silage tonnage potentialExcellent Husk Cover  Plant health standabilityExcellent
Test WeightMedium StalkExcellent   
   EmergenceVery Good