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Release: Woodward - sand bluestem

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SymbolANHA
Release NameWoodward
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionVariable population, but with most plants similar in type. Superior to wild strains tested in flower production, seed set, lack of excessively tall plants, and leafiness. Forage yield comparable to that of better source strains. Woodward can be combined reasonably well; seed quality superior to common sources.
SourceTraces to source nursery established by M.L. Peterson in 1942. Sources about equally divided between those in and near Woodward County, OK, and those in general vicinity of Clovis, NM. Carried as accession no. PI 469237.
Breeding MethodPlants selected for high seed set and placed in six isolation blocks by J.R. Harlan: short-early, short-late, medium-early, medium-late, tall-early, and tall-late. Process repeated with separate populations established in 1946. Selected plants moved to six new isolation blocks. Seed from two medium blocks bulked and seeded for preliminary increase in 1949, refined somewhat by removal of excessively tall plants, and today serves as breeder seed block of Woodward sand bluestem
Intended UseForage and stabilization plantings.
Release Info1955, cooperatively by Oklahoma and Kansas (Manhattan) Agricultural Experiment Stations and Plant Science Research Division, ARS.

 

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