HoCP 00-950 was derived from a cross made between HoCP 93-750 as the female parent and HoCP 92-676 as the male parent. HoCP 00-950 is a variety that has a high population of medium-sized stalks with good stubbling ability. HoCP 00-950 is an early-maturing variety that continues to accumulate sugar throughout the normal harvest season (Tew et al., 2007). The following pictures will show eight different characteristics to help in identifying HoCP 00-950.
1. Canopy – Drooping and spreading with distinct curling of leaf blades that mimics drought stress.
2. Stalk appearance – Heavy wax layer.
3. Stalk Color under the wax layer – Green with slight bronzing on the older exposed stalk.
4. Leaf sheath – No pubescence
5. Leaf sheath margin – Green; some with thin purple margins.
6. Dewlap – Light olive green.
7. Auricle – Ranges from none to medium in length (usually green compared to necrotic in L 99-226).
8. Distinguishing characteristics – Curled leaf blade in early growth; smooth leaf blade when rubbing your fingers on the blade from tip toward the stalk; internodes along the stalk have a zig-zag pattern; internodes are barrel-shaped with very constricted root bands.
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