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Release: Joseph - Idaho fescue

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SymbolFEID
Release NameJoseph
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionJoseph exhibited 18 percent better seed set, 37 percent larger seeds, and 14 percent better germination compared to the base population. It has uniform, robust plants ranging from 72 to 80 cm in height. The culms are erect with basal growth and produce 46 percent more forage production than Covar or Durar. Seed production of Joseph is 30 percent more than Covar, but 40 percent less than Durar. Idaho fescues are very palatable and are choice grasses for cattle, sheep, and some wildlife ruminants. Adapted to Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Colorado rangeland and open forestland with elevation between 300 and 2700 m (984 to 8856 ft.) and annual precipitation between 35 and 76 cm (14 to 30 in).
SourceThe base population used for recurrent selection consisted of seed derived from inter-crossing 89 native ecotypes collected from northwestern states of the U.S. and Canada.
Breeding MethodJoseph is a 13-clone synthetic cultivar selected through three cycles of phenotypic recurrent selection by intercrossing seed collections of 89 native ecotypes from the northwest states and Canada. Selected for increased seed set, seedling vigor, and germination.
Intended UseForage, erosion control.
Release Info1983, University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station.
Information SourcesRelease notice; 1984. Crop Sci 24(3):617. Comment: CV-26.

 

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