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 hardness 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 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!
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.
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.
New this year, we offer a select lineup of certified non-GMO hybrids. These products are marked with the certified non-GMO image shown on the product tech sheets.
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|