Influence of genotype, site, and year on maize nutritive value – yield relationships

Maize genotype selection represents a practical tool influencing forage yield and quality. The main objective was to investigate the contribution of genotype, site, and year to variability of maize yield and quality in the environment of Central Europe. Totally 63 maize genotypes at 11 sites over a 7-year period were evaluated for dry matter yield (DMY), dry matter content (DM), starch, cob, neutral detergent fibre (NDF), in situ digestibility of stover NDF (NDFD), and organic matter (OMD). The genotype showed the highest variability from all factors where stover NDFD varied from 261 to 529 g kg–1 and stover OMD from 376 to 609 g kg–1. In contrast to the whole-plant, variability of stover traits was more closely related to NDF than the DM content. Under standardized plant DM, all tested factors were significant and allowed interpretation of 70 and 60% of total variation of yield and quality for stover and whole plant, respectively. The average contributions of genotype, site, and year were 30, 7, and 5%, respectively. For variability in plant productivity and nutritive value, the importance of maize genotype selection was more than two times higher than the contribution of environment.


breeding, hybrid, digestibility, multivariate method


Hakl, J., Loučka, R., Jirmanová, J., Jambor, V. (2017): Influence of genotype, site, and year on maize nutritive value – yield relationships. Scientia Agriculturae Bohemica, 48, 47-53. doi: 10.1515/sab-2017-0010

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