2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Evaluate and make selections across approximately 100 festuca interspecific hybrids at Kansas State University, Southeast Agriculture Research Center, Parsons, KS.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Interspecific hybrids developed at ARS in EL Reno, OK, will be transplanted in a spaced planting nursery near Mound Valley, KS, that is operated by the Southeast Kansas Agricultural Research Center, Parsons, KS. Hybrids will be evaluated for tolerance to local diseases, local environmental stress components, vigor, appearance, and crude protein content. Following 1-2 years of selection, exceptional surviving individuals will be intercrossed and seed bulked for 3-4 years of performance testing.
This replaced the earlier parent project (6218-21410-003-00D) in December 2012. Seed from approximately 50 superior F1 hybrids were harvested in July 2013. Three superior dihaploid lines were identified possessing rhizomes. Seed of these three lines will be bulked for the future development of a rhizomatous tall fescue population. Seed will be sown in October,2013 at El Reno, OK.