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Research Project: Evaluation and Selection of Festuca Hybrids

Location: Forage and Livestock Production Research

Project Number: 3070-21610-002-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 21, 2014
End Date: Apr 20, 2019

Evaluate and make selections across approximately 100 festuca interspecific hybrids at Kansas State University, Southeast Agriculture Research Center, Parsons, KS.

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.