The Value of RFS Hybrids
The purpose of RFS hybrids is to supply hybrids that have valuable nutritional characteristics, high yields and give our customers an economic advantage to produce them.
To meet our Slect-Bred criteria, they must have:
• A high grain to stalk ratio
• Have an elevated sugar and protein content over dual-purpose corns
• Have excellent plant health
We also screen for stalk flexibility, early flowering, slow drydown and soft kernel texture.
Producers are advised to plant RFS hybrids at reduced plant populations. The outer rind of the stalk is all lignon, which is not digestible to the cattle’s rumen stomach. By reducing the population, growers get fatter stalks, with more inner pith, which is digestible.
Growers have a longer harvest window with the slower drydown of RFS hybrids. This enables the grower to cut more tons at the most desirable harvest stage. RFS hybrids appear to be higher in moisture than they actually are, so be sure to keep a close eye on them as harvest season approaches.