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In trials over the last four years, and across many locations, this very early maturity hybrid gives excellent yields of very high starch content silage. It is most adapted to lighter soils where growers seek a high energy silage for feeding or maximising biogas production.

Primary End Use

Forage and biogas

Hybrid Characteristics

  • Very high dry matter yields for this maturity
  • Tall, very good early vigour
  • High starch content silage with good whole plant digestibility

Grown in the Open

  • On favourable sites avoiding heavy soils
  • Less favourable sites with shelter and light soil

Grown using the Samco System

P7378 has given extremely high starch yields and starch contents when grown under film. Being a very early maturing hybrid however it is essential that harvest takes place once maturity is reached to avoid over maturity.

Characteristics Grown in the open Samco System
Early vigour Very Good Very Good
Lodging resistance* 7.4 7.4
Eyespot resistance score** 3.9 3.9
Stover dry-down rate Very Fast Extremely fast
Forage seeding rate** (seeds/ha) 100000 to 105000 100000 to 105000
Film penetration availability*** Not applicable Good

* Score on a 1- 9 scale where 9 = very resistant
** Assumes plant establishment losses of less than 5%
*** Film penetration varies with conditions and film. Trials conducted with Samco and Maizetech films