HoCP 04-838 was derived from the cross made between HoCP 85-845 as the female parent and LCP 85-384 as the male parent (Anonymous, 2011). The variety was released in 2011. HoCP 04-838 is a variety that has a high population of medium-sized stalks with good stubbling ability and very good cold tolerance. HoCP 04-838 is a midmaturing variety that continues to accumulate sugar throughout the normal harvest season. The following pictures will show eight different characteristics to help in identifying HoCP 04-838.
1. Canopy – Slightly rounded to erect.
2. Stalk wax – Slight to moderate with overall yellowish to green appearance.
3. Stalk color under the wax layer – Yellowish green to green; with age the stalks become slightly more bronze in color than HoCP 96-540.
4. Leaf sheath – No pubescence.
5. Leaf sheath margin – Distinct necrotic leaf sheath margins.
6. Dewlap – Very light olive green.
7. Auricle – Slight to moderate in length; necrotic with obvious points; small tufts of hairs may be seen between the auricle and leaf collar.
8. Distinguishing characteristics – Necrotic leaf sheath margins; cup-shaped leaf blade near the dewlap; distinct pointed auricle where present.
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