The summer of 2016 has come to a close and we can now hope for a strong 2017. In general, most areas have been on the dry side, ranging from just enough moisture to extremely dry. The dry weather in combination with poor commodity prices has many facing financial challenges. If you are in the dairy and livestock business, growing high quality forages can help in both areas. Implementing a strong forage program can help replenish your forage supply. Our dealers can assist in providing solutions to help you move toward recovery and start getting ahead.
Featured New Products for 2017!
New for 2017, the KingFisher corn program, a non-GMO brand brought to you by King’s AgriSeeds and Byron Seeds, promises to bring you the same quality, performance, and value that you already are familiar with from the KingFisher Alfalfa program. These hybrids have been selected with an emphasis on high energy and digestibility without sacrificing yield. You will find KingFisher pricing very competitive. We encourage you to try two or three hybrids to complement your current non-GMO corn program.
KingFisher 425HD Alfalfa
This new multi-leaf alfalfa has high yield and exceptional quality including fiber digestibility. KF 425 HD delivers high NDFD and TTNDFD values and has comparable lignin ratings to the non-GMO low lignin alfalfas.
Fall Dormancy 4.5 Winter hardiness 2.0 Disease rating 30/30
KingFisher 406AP2 Alfalfa
This new variety is an exceptionally high yielding, persistent alfalfa with a branch root structure and excellent plant health. KF 406AP2 has an excellent agronomic package that has resistance to multiple strains of Aphanomyces Root Rot 2. Its forage quality is similar to other high quality varieties. The strong disease resistance in combination with its branch root characteristic will allow KF 406AP2 to establish and persist well in areas that are challenged by disease or soils that are a little wet.
Fall Dormancy 4.0 Winter hardiness 2.0 Disease rating 35/35
A new earlier orchardgrass that stands up well to disease and heat. Olathe has become our top choice orchardgrass for the south but will also do well in the north. Because of its early maturity, we do not recommend it to be seeded with alfalfa unless 1st cutting quality is less important on your farming operation. Olathe is now included in many of our grazing mixes.
If you still have time to plant small grains in your area, take action now to make up for lost summer productivity. Our triticale program along with mixes based on triticale is one of the best strategies to go forward. We still have a strong supply of our triticale varieties. Build your program around TriCal 815, the proven quality leader, and complement it with Bolt or Gainer 154. Bolt and 154 are ready to harvest about 3 to 4 days earlier than 815 and reduce harvest risk management.