Alan Olsen, a dairy farmer operating a 190ha farm in Stony Creek, South Gippsland Victoria, did not expect to order fifty bags of Corson Maize Booster seed After trailing 1 single bag.
When Alan was asked in 2021 if he would be willing to trial the Booster, he agreed – you don’t stay in farming this long without understanding the power of innovation. The result was a crop that matured almost two weeks faster than its competitor, with a ripe cob full of bulbous, bursting kernels.
Booster is a very early maturity, dual purpose hybrid that delivers yield stability for silage and grain growers. The product fits perfectly into the shorter growing seasons in Gippsland, Western Victoria and Tasmania, where soil temps drop fast in autumn and farmers sow perennial pastures after maize.
Alan now uses Booster for his silage production exclusively. When he initially trialled it against another variety on his farm, he found the Boosters’ earlier maturity and good starch content stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Encouraged by these results, Alan decided to switch completely to Booster in the following season.
“The yield I've achieved with Booster is a game changer. Last season I harvested around 19 tonnes per hectare, which delivered stable feed and security,” Alan said.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when testing Booster, but the test results spoke for themselves, and it has become an essential part of my silage production system.”
“Aussie farmers all know how hard it can be to plan for climate shifts. Even though we didn’t see the greatest of conditions, the Booster crop really exceeded our expectations in terms of both quantity and quality of yield." Alan explains.