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Release: Walsh - western wheatgrass

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SymbolPASM
Release NameWalsh
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionA hardy perennial with moderately aggressive creeping root system and drought tolerance. Strongly rhizomatous and forms a dense blue-green sward under dryland conditions. Noted for its tolerance to salinity and its ability to grow and yield well on spring-flooded clay sites. Plants have erect leaves 25 cm or more long. Similar to Rosana in visual appearance.
SourceThe 20 clones included in Walsh trace to 468 different western wheatgrass ecotypes collected in 1968 and 1969 from indigenous stands in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan.
Breeding MethodThe 20 clones constituting this synthetic cultivar were selected for high forage and seed yields, vigor and leafiness, freedom from disease, aggressive rhizomatous spread, and uniformity in plant height and maturity. Final selection of the 20 clones was based on data from clonal and polycross progeny tests.
Intended UseWalsh is adapted for pasture and hay in rangeland seedings and is used extensively in revegetation of disturbed lands. Primary use has been for hay production on heavy clay soils that flood periodically, but the cultivar also is adapted to medium texture
Release Info1982, by Agriculture Canada.

 

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