Ho 07-613 was derived from a cross made between HoCP 00-905 as the female parent and HoCP 96-540 as the male parent (Anonymous, 2014). The variety was released in 2014. HoCP 07-613 is early maturing and has good sugar yield in younger crops. The following pictures will show different characteristics to help identify Ho 07-613.
1. Canopy – Slightly erect to rounded.
2. Stalk wax – Heavy layer of white wax; note occasional growth cracks.
3. Stalk color under the wax layer – Green that becomes darker with exposure to the sun.
4. Leaf sheath – Light wax layer; smooth with a few pubescence hairs just opposite of the dewlap.
5. Leaf sheath margin – Generally darker reddish purple; margins become necrotic with age.
6. Dewlap – Dark brown (with reddish hues).
7. Auricle – Primarily absent; when present the auricles are slight and necrotic.
8. Distinguishing characteristics – Stalk has a heavy wax bloom; dark dewlap; dark leaf sheath margin; growth cracks; variety has a moderate population of medium-size stalks.
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