P7034 is what we term an M3 hybrid (pronounced ‘M cubed’). The M3 designation was awarded because P7034, a dent grain type hybrid, combines a built-in level of highly rumen degradable starch content along with a proven adaptation to cool growing conditions. P7034 growers harvest it last, clamp it last, and feed it first. This approach minimises the negative feeding effects often experienced when transitioning to fresh silage made from flint grain textured hybrids that are often very low in rumen degradable starch.  

Hybrid details

Primary end use

  • Forage 
  • Biogas 
  • Grain

Hybrid characteristics

  • Dent grain texture with fast ruminal starch degradability 
  • Very high whole plant digestibility
  • Very high starch content
  • Early flowering
  • Can take full advantage of the heat generated under film

Grown in the open

  • On all but the coldest maize growing areas of the UK and good maize growing areas in Ireland
  • Aim to ensile last and feed first

Grown using the Samco system

  • On favourable and less favourable sites
  • On the coldest sites it should be sown in the normal planting window
  • Ensile last and feed first

Hybrid Specific Agronomic Advice

* 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