Maize - Breeding Goals

KWS’ maize breeding focus for Northern European conditions is based on achieving high yielding, early maturing hybrids with a high degree of stability. New hybrids are benchmarked against our existing and competitor products prior to commercial release – to add value to farmers year on year.

Our key selection traits are:

• Early vigour

• Stress/cold tolerance

• Overall stability

• Maturity (FAO target range 150 – 200 for Silage, 200 – 250 for Biogas)

• Energy contents (starch and cell wall digestibility)

• Total dry matter yield