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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF FESTUCA HYBRIDS

Location: Forage and Livestock Production Unit

2010 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.


3.Progress Report

Selection trials for hundreds of new Festuca hybrids were established in Oklahoma in 2009 and continue in 2010. Materials will continue selection thru 2013 and seed increases of surviving materials will be made in 2014. The ADODR monitors the activities of this agreement through email and conference calls.


Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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