HM-102 is one of the first commercial corn hybrids to be released by Heritage Seeds in spring 2013. Over a number of seasons, it has proven to be a high yielding option that appears well suited to Far North Queensland, Central Queensland and the coastal / hinterland environments of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
A conventional corn hybrid, HM-102 offers excellent grain and silage yields plus an enviable package of very good standability, good grain quality, stress tolerance and excellent cob rot and common rust resistance.
Soil borne insect pests like wireworm can affect emerging corn stands, however the adoption of seed treatments including an insecticide (e.g. Cruiser® or Gaucho®) is likely to address any potential concerns.
HM-102 doesn’t require any varietal specific management considerations. However when considering broader management requirements, please consult agronomists from state government departments or experienced commercial agronomists / consultants in the relevant growing areas.
HM-102 has been evaluated for resistance to Turcica Leaf Blight (Exserohilum turcicum), Common Rust (Puccinia sorghi) and Cob Rot. Please note ratings in Table 1 below, which also includes a rating for husk cover:
For further identification and management of other diseases, please consult agronomists from state government departments or experienced commercial agronomists / consultants in the relevant growing areas.
Over several seasons, HM-102 has been evaluated in numerous corn growing environments in Far North Queensland (Atherton Tablelands) and Central Queensland (Emerald/Springsure districts), and could be compared with a number of well-regarded competitor hybrids including PAC 727, P2307, AT-1, AT-4 and AT-5. Some very promising initial results occurred at most sites. The yield comparisons at these sites were collected either with a weigh bin or with calibrated yield monitors.
HM-102 will be available for the first time in commercial volumes in 2013. Good reliable performance thus far would indicate it is very well suited to Far North Queensland, Central Queensland and the coastal/hinterland environments of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Even though target plant populations vary with conditions and regions, the uniformity of the established plant population is critically important when growing corn. Near perfect uniformity of plant population in the row can ensure maximum yield potential can be captured.
Please note Table 2 for recommended established populations for HM-102 under dryland and irrigated situations in a number of regions:
HM-102 will be available in 2013 with OptiCOTE seed treatment (Vitavax fungicide + Gaucho® or Cruiser® insecticide).
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