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60 YEARS OF SUSTAINING OUR FARMERS’ SUCCESS

March 2018

PANNAR’s story begins in Greytown in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in 1958. PANNAR started as a humble seed company focusing on supplying hybrid maize seed to farmers in the region.

PANNAR grew into a major force in the hybrid maize market in South Africa. Built on old-school values of integrity and hard work, and backed by modern, innovative solutions, we are determined to help farmers succeed. Although a lot has changed since the very beginning, the one thing that remains unchanged is that, for 60 years, PANNAR has been putting farmers first. Our decisions are made with the farmers’ best interests in mind – confirmed by the time we spend walking farmers’ fields to ensure that they receive top-performing seed products and personalised service. After all, at PANNAR we are very aware that our success depends on farmer’s success.

As a multi-crop specialist, PANNAR offers cultivars with good performance, adaptability and stability, and a crop cultivar package for every farmer's unique need.

New white hybrids 
The PANNAR white hybrid package displays good performance, adaptability and stability across regions for good risk management. PAN 5R-791BR did exceptionally well in the ARC national hybrid trials for Western production regions for 2016/2017. PAN 4A-111 is one of the top performers in the ARC trials for the eastern production regions.

Medium early package
PAN 5B-485B and PAN 5R-785BR (new):
Hybrids with the MON89034 stalk borer resistance trait.
Dryland: The hybrids are characterised by good stability and prolificacy. They are especially well adapted to the western production regions (north western Free State, north eastern Free State and North West). They are recommended as part of the main planting. This package is also well adapted to the temperate eastern production regions. BG 5685R and PAN 5R-591R are suitable as refuge for PAN 5R-785BR.
Irrigation: These hybrids fit in well where only a single crop of maize is grown under irrigation or supplementary irrigation.

These hybrids have an attractive plant type, are agronomically well-balanced and show good tolerance to Head and Tassel Smut and Northern Corn Leaf Blight.

PAN 5A-291, PAN 5R-591R and PAN 5R-791BR (new): 
Dryland: This group of hybrids is highly prolific. They produce strong vigorous seedlings and are well adapted to the western production regions (north western Free State, north eastern Free State and North West). Recommended for the main package. PAN 5R-791BR performed very well throughout the ARC national trials for the western and eastern production regions during the 2016/2017 season.

Medium Package
PAN 6R-779BR (new):
Dryland: This new addition is especially suitable for the western production region and is particularly well suited to the water table soils of the north western Free State. Late plantings in the cooler eastern parts should be avoided.

Supplementary irrigation: This hybrid can be planted where only a single crop of maize is grown under irrigation or supplementary irrigation. The recommended plant population should not exceed 55 000 plants per hectare.  
 

Article submitted by Peet van der Walt, Advertising Manager, PANNAR SEED (PTY) LTD, South Africa. For more information, send an email to peet.vanderwalt@pannar.co.za.

Publication: March 2018

Section: Pula/Imvula

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