Pro-Max™ and Pro-Max™ Plus
Ampac Seed Company is proud to announce the addition of Pro-Max™ and Pro-Max Plus™ to our forage product line-up! Pro-Max™ is the first BMR Low Lignin Hybrid Sudangrass to hit the market. Pro-Max Plus™ has Pasja Hybrid Brassica added in for additional grazing profitability and quality! What is so exciting about Pro-Max™? Pro-Max™ allows the dairy, beef, sheep, and goat producer to have a summer annual grass that can be grazed and baled for hay. Pro-Max™ will also provide a top quality, highly palatability grass with improved digestibility over other summer annual grasses. Studies done in California showed that by grazing Pro-Max™ a 20% gain in animal production was achieved versus grazing a non-BMR sudangrasses. That is very exciting! But, how does it compare to the popular BMR Sorghum-Sudangrasses?
The chart helps explain the benefits of Pro-Max™. As you can see, Pro-Max™ ranks as the best for baled hay, while adding Pasja makes Pro-Max Plus™ tops for grazing, and palatability, while placing second in the silage category. The BMR trait bred into Pro-Max™ makes it more palatable and has increased the plant forage quality. The only advantage we can see to BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass will be silage yield.
Baling for hay, grazing, and forage quality/palatability all lean heavily towards Pro-Max™ and Pro-Max Plus™. We recommend NOT using Pro-Max Plus™ for baled hay. Neither Pro-Max™ nor Pro-Max Plus™ can be used for horses.
In addition to improved palatability and digestibility Pro-Max™ has exhibited improved levels of crude protein (18.53% CP on Pro-Max™ vs 16.83% CP on Piper) and improved levels of TDN (65.48% TDN on Pro-Max™ vs 64.65% TDN on Piper). Pro-Max™ also has much improved rust resistance.
The photo shows how Pro-Max™ was grazed preferentially over non-BMR sudangrasses. This is exciting; but also points out that producers must be made aware that animals could eat Pro-Max™ “into the ground” before they eat non-BMR sudangrasses and even BMR sorghum-sudangrasses as evidenced in grazing plots in Illinois.
Seeding rates should be 25-30#/acre and soil temperatures need to be at least 60°F for best germination and seedling vigor. Grazing can start at 20”-25” tall and leave 6-8” of stubble for best regrowth. Both products will have similar management for nitrate and prussic acid as other sudangrasses. Pro-Max™ cannot be used for horses!
During 2005 and 2006 Pro-Max™ and Pro-Max Plus™ have been tested in multiple locations and under multiple management types. We have tested in 2 Wisconsin (1 grazing one silage), 2 Illinois (grazing cattle on one and sheep on another), and 5 in Kentucky (2 silage, 2 grazing, 1 observation) locations plus major work in Mississippi at Mississippi State University looking at animal production advantages for Pro-Max™.