WELCOME to King’s AgriSeeds, Inc.
King’s AgriSeeds services the Southeastern, Middle Atlantic and New England regions of the United States by providing a full line of forage seed, Masters Choice corn hybrids and cover crop seed.
Join us for two field days, July 7-8!
July 7: Penn State / King’s Agriseeds Pasture Project Field Day
Topic: Forage/Cover Crops for grazing application; nutrient cycling and soil health benefits.
Learn about managing pastures with summer annuals in rotation with perennials. Discussion will include details of rotational planting of summer annuals for grazing use. Talk with Dairy Farmer/Grazer Eli Weaver, PSU Soil Management Specialist- Sjoerd Duiker and Agronomist Tim Fritz and Dave Wilson, and Regional Coordinator/ Dairy Farmer David Hunsberger from King’s Agriseeds.
Date: Tuesday July 7, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Lunch Included – please register for an accurate lunch count. (717-687-6224)
Host Farm Location: Eli Weaver’s Meadow View Farm, 364 N. Maple Avenue, Leola, PA
July 8: Twilight Meeting at Christiana, PA Research Farm
Forage Tour, including small-scale research plots and demonstration strips; summer cover crops demonstration for produce growers.
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm to dark
Location: Oakley Farm, 6321 White Oak Rd, Christiana, PA 17509 (first farm south of PA 372, driveway on right)
July 7: View summer annual pastures at Eli Weaver’s Meadowview Farm, Leola, PA. Plots in conjunction with Penn State. Lunch will be served.
July 8: Twilight meeting: View summer annuals that can be used as cover crops or forage at King’s AgriSeeds new research farm near Christiana, PA. Pie and ice cream will be served.
Masters Choice floury starch corn featured in American Dairymen
Success with Master’s Choice: Smith MW Farms (Hunter Smith, Newport PA)
Performance in the Field…
Hunter Smith planted Masters Choice 6583 in 2013 in search of a corn hybrid that would yield well on his shale soils and provide the nutritional quality he needs to maintain his high production herd. In the past Hunter had planted BMR corn, but was beginning to see that the yield drag associated with BMR was not sustainable for his farm. He needed tonnage to feed his 400+ cow herd. The MC 6583 yielded well (18-20 tons respectively). In comparison, the BMR had been yielding ~15 tons and even worse than that on really dry years.
Performance in the Barn…
As the cows transitioned into the MCT6583, they saw in increase in milk production by ~3lb/head. Everything else was constant in the ration; the only change was the substitution of the MCT6583 into the ration. In addition to the increase in milk, the cows cleaned up the MCT6583, which greatly reduced the amount of cleanout in the trough. This year Hunter and crew are utilizing multiple Masters Choice varieties (MCT 6581, MCT 4211, MCT 4884, MCT 5324, MCT 5663, MCT 6151 )