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Forage Maize

Crop Information

Forage Maize
Sowing Date Late March-Early May
Precision Drill 98-120,000 seeds/ha
Soil Temp +10°C
Average Dry Matter Yield 15-20 t/ha
Average Fresh Yield 50-60 t/ha
Dry Matter 30-35%
Crude Protein 9-10%
Digestibility Value 80%
Energy [ME] 11.5MJ/kg
Starch 25-35%
Growing Costs €1,618/ha*
Fresh Weight €29.41/t
Dry Matter €0.09c/kg
*as per Teagasc crop cost and returns 2021



FORAGE MAIZE 2022                                                    


 Yield of Dry Matter [T/HA]

      Starch Content [%]       

  ME [MJ/KG]       

Ambition [R] 87 121 11.3
Konfluens [R] 106 100 11.0
LG31235 [R] 100 97 11.2
P8200 [R] 107 99 10.7
P8201 [R] 118 103 11.3
SPYCI CS [R] 94 107 11.1
SY FEEDITOP [R] 93 106 11.0


OPEN   LIST  2015      







Controls* 15.5t/ha 35.4 23.3
SEVERUS [PR-1] 102 104 114
KROFT [R] 92 113 121
ACTIVATE [PR-1] 96 120 117
AMBITION [R] 105 106 113
ATRIUM [R] 101 90 105
BEACON [R] 99 99 108
BEETHOVEN [R] 104 94 88



Open Sowing

Cover Sowing

Cover Sowing

Open Sowing - 

Early Maturity

Open Sowing - 

Early Maturity

Closing Sowing -

Intermediate Maturity    

Closing Sowing -

Intermediate Maturity

Kroft Severus LG 30.211 Konfluens

Early Harvest/ Early Feedout!

KROFT is the early harvest high starch open sown variety.

Ideal for early harvest and late Autumn feeding.

Excellent early vigour with the highest Starch figure in Irish Dept. Ag. Maize trials.

Most popular open sown variety in Ireland

Severus is Ireland’s most popular open sown maize variety with excellent performance in both the Irish RL and UK 2019 NIAB trials.

Excellent early vigour, super starch and high ME.

LG30 211 delivers consistency, the biggest risk associated with maize.

For a crop so heavily influenced by weather in Ireland, LG 30 211 represents a stable variety that farmers can rely on.

Proven in NL animal feeding trials to give 0.5ltr more milk, per cow, per day with elevate levels of cell wall digestibility. 

New and in Demand! Konfuluens is a big yielding high quality hybrid.

Konfluens has a very high yield potential, combined with good starch and dry matter yield.

Konfluens has performed exceptionally well on farm yet again and is fast becoming a farmer favourite.


Why Grow Maize

  • A high starch (energy), high dry matter home- grown feed
  • When included in diets will increase intakes and have a positive effect on overall yields and milk solids in the dairy herd but equally increased intakes improve daily liveweight gain, kill out percentage and fat score in a beef production system
  • Ideal all year-round feed
  • Can be used in spring post calving where cows have a high demand for energy, but equally as a buffer feed where there is a feed deficit situation (drought etc.)
  • A more consistent, cost effective solution to a 2 or 3 cut grass silage system
  • An excellent break crop in a continuous tillage situation while offering an opportunity for farm to farm sale of a valuable crop.
  • Requires no specialised feeding equipment
  • Makes use of high fertility land as well as capable of using high levels of home-produced organic matter (slurry and FYM) to increase the organic matter content on the arable farm.
  • Maize is one of the best forage options for anaerobic digestion offering much higher DM yields than other commercially grown crops (grass etc.).

Opening v cover sowing

The open sown market is increasing year on year, and this demonstrates the confidence that farmers now have in using this approach.With the marked shift away from plastic for environmental and sustainability reasons and along with the significant improvements in open sown varieties, farmers have a very real choice in considering open sown maize. At DLF we are trialing new varieties every year, searching for the most consistent open sown varieties with all the key characteristics the grower needs.

There is very little required of the grower in terms of crop husbandry between open and covered sowing other than using a film at sowing. Fertiliser and chemical rates are very similar, but timings may differ slightly. 

On a suitable site, open sown maize is proven to deliver on fresh weight/ dry matter yield and starch. Site selection is important when open sown is being considered as site aspect, elevation and soil type will potentially have a bigger effect on crop performance if an unfavorable growing year occurs.

For open sown maize it is prudent to wait for a soil temperature of 10oC for optimum establishment.