Leafy & Floury: Legend Seeds was extremely proud to be the first seed company to bring you Dr. Francis Glenn’s next advancement in silage hybrid genetics in 2014. While using a simple research technique and biting the kernels to test for harness and texture, Dr. Glenn discovered that the interior of the kernel in a recessive “floury” kernel is made entirely of white flour-type starch. The recessive “floury” genetics will express in up to 25% of the kernels on each ear, they are extremely soft and easily digestible. Because of this discovery and over a decade of breeding and research, Legend Next Generation (LNG) hybrids offer dairy and livestock producers a quick, 30-day ensiling period and 10-12% more starch digestibility than a dual-purpose or grain hybrid. The addition of the Floury genetics to the already available Leafy silage hybrids created a dream hybrid for silage situations: Leafy and Floury!
Leafy Silage varieties containing the Leafy genetics have eight or more leaves above the ear. The leaves above the ear contain less lignin than those below the ear. A dual-purpose hybrid is often significantly taller than a grain hybrid, but the ear placement sets our Leafy silage hybrids apart in terms of feed quality and digestibility. Leafy silage hybrids have 5-7% more starch digestibility than dual-purpose or grain hybrids. Leafy hybrids were discovered and later commercialized in 1985 by world-renowned silage researcher, Dr. Francis Glenn. Today’s Leafy hybrids also contain traits, making them a great option for corn-on-corn situations often faced by dairy and livestock producers.
Legend Seeds is proud to offer Masters Choice corn hybrids to our diverse silage product portfolio to provide you with more options, trait packages and genetics to ensure maximum feed quality and return on your forage investment. The Masters Choice product lineup features floury digestible grain along with high fiber digestibility for total plant digestion in ruminant animals. Many of these unique hybrids also have great versatility and work well for dry grain and high moisture applications. The Masters Choice diverse lineup includes flex and semi-flex hybrids, traited, conventional, and organic options. Flex and semi-flex hybrids allow the stalks and ears to flex, producing high silage yields with high fiber digestibility and excellent feeding quality. These products range from 75 day to 117 day maturities.
In addition to these silage hybrids, we offer a complete lineup of dual-purpose hybrids, clearly marked in the corn products section with the dual-purpose image shown.
SILAGE CORN KEY
|Rating Scale:||Ear Type:||Plant Height:||Flowering:|
|10 = Superior||HR = Highly Resistant||FF = Full Flex||MT = Medium Tall||10 = Very Early|
|5 = Average||R = Resistant||S = Semi-determinant/Semi-flex||T = Tall
||1 = Very Late|
|1 = Poor|