Location: Sugarcane ResearchTitle: Release of ‘HoCP 14-885’ sugarcane
Submitted to: American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/15/2021
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: ‘HoCP 14-885’ sugarcane was evaluated and selected by scientists at the USDA-ARS, working cooperatively with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and the American Sugar Cane League, Inc. It was released to growers in Louisiana in April 2021. Sugar yields (lbs. / acre) from plant cane and the combined means of a complete crop cycle including plant, first- and second-ratoon at 10 farm locations significantly exceeded L 01-299, the industry’s most widely planted variety and the plant-cane cane yield (tons/acre) of HoCP 14-885 significantly exceeded L 01-299. HoCP 14-885 matures earlier than L 01-299, but not as early as Ho 13-739, the early sugar standard variety. Mature stalk cold tolerance was classified as moderate which is similar to L 01-299. HoCP 14-885 has a good disease package and is resistant to smut (Sporisorium scitamineum), mosaic caused by Sorghum mosaic virus, and brown rust (Puccinia melanocephala). HoCP 14-885 is also moderately resistant to leaf scald (Xanthomonas albilineans), but is susceptible to ratoon stunt (Leifsonia xyli) and sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis F. The high yield potential, early maturity and low fiber content of HoCP 14-885 make it an important new addition to existing commercial sugarcane varieties in Louisiana.