Value Plus® FAQs
The exciting new Value Plus® line of seed corn is not just another seed corn product. It is nutritionally enhanced.
What does this mean to growers and why should they change some of their corn production method?
Very simply, Value Plus® seed corn has a higher energy (oil & protein) level than has ever come to the market before. Oil has 225% more energy than starch or sugar. It takes energy to make energy. This is not a product you would plant on poor or improperly balanced soils. Plan to have good soil nutrition available during the grain fill time when the energy demand is at its peak.
What is the best population level?
Value Plus® genetics have a very flexible ear size in almost all varieties. It has the capability to increase yield by flexing the ear rather than having to add plants with a determinate ear. We recommend 24-28,000 final populations in most cases. Under well managed, high fertility or irrigated ground, one could increase to 30,000 final populations.
Will Value Plus® seed corns have as high of energy levels if I have a frost or drought?
Actually, they will have a higher concentration of oil making them ideal for silage in the northern markets. The oil, in particular, is in the embryo of the grain (the white portion in the center) and since the embryo is the first to develop in the kernel, it will produce the oil first and then develop the starch and other components last. Likewise in a drought, the embryo is first to develop making the oil (energy) the first components added to the kernel.
Is the seedling vigor of Value Plus® as good as what I am presently planting?Seedling vigor, sometimes referred to as cold tolerance, is shown to be as good as or better than what is currently on the market today.
Note: seedling or early vigor is usually directly related to the seed genetics and the stress experienced in the production fields the year of production. Mechanical damage, inconsistent drying temperatures and mishandling of the seed in any way can reduce seedling vigor.