USDA ACCESSION NO.: 66055
SELECTION: Selected by Dr. R.H.J. Roborgh at the Riwaka Research Station, near Nelson, New Zealand, in the early 1960's
CULTIVAR: First Choice
PEDIGREE: California Cluster x Open Pollinated
PRIMARY SITE: USDA, ARS World Hop Cultivar Collection, Corvallis, Oregon, OSU East Farm
ORIGIN: Seedling Selection
DATE RECEIVED: Spring 1966; PI Number 314969
METHOD RECEIVED: Rhizomes
AVAILABILITY: No restrictions, commercial cultivar
REFERENCES: USDA, ARS Annual Report for Hop Investigations 1966, p.8.
LEAF COLOR: Medium dark green
DISEASES: Downy Mildew: moderately susceptible
Verticillium wilt: unknown
VIGOR: Very good
YIELD: Fair to good near Corvallis, very good in New Zealand. Corvallis 5 year average 872 lbs. (range 800 1,400 lbs/acre)
SIDEARM LENGTH: 12 to 24 inches
ALPHA ACIDS: 5.6% (5 year range 4.8 6.7%)
BETA ACIDS: 4.8% (5 year range 3.5 6.7%)
STORAGE STABILITY: Very good, retained 74% of original alpha acids after 6 months room temperature storage
OIL: 0.93% (5 year range 0.51 1.25 ml/100 g)
MAJOR TRAITS: High yield potential, some similarity to Cluster, very low humulene (0.7%); H/C ratio 0.48.
OTHER INFORMATION: Grown commercially in New Zealand for 20 years starting in the early 1960's; not grown commercially any more.