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Maize is an annual warm-climate crop in the grass family, thriving in open sunny environments with daytime temperatures of 20-24C. Maize is used fresh, frozen, canned, rolled and roasted for corn flakes, pressed for oil, or processed for ethanol as fuel. Maize is also an important feed source for poultry, swine and cattle. The whole plant is used as green fodder or as silage for cattle.

A grain maize bred for early maturity and drought resistance. It produces good size ears and is ready to harvest in 90-100 days. The Katumani composite was developed for dry areas of Kenya. It is a short season maize that is resistant to maize streak virus. Good sized ears are ready to harvest in 90-100 days. White seeded grain corn.