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Journal of Plant Registrations Abstract - CULTIVAR

Registration of ‘Hidden Valley’ Meadow Fescue


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  1. Vol. 9 No. 3, p. 294-298
    Received: Mar 02, 2015
    Accepted: Apr 02, 2015
    Published: July 1, 2015

    * Corresponding author(s): mdcasler@wisc.edu
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  1. Michael D. Casler *a,
  2. Geoffrey E. Brinka,
  3. Jerome H. Cherneyb,
  4. Edzard van Santenc,
  5. Michael W. Humphreysd,
  6. Toshihiko Yamadae,
  7. Ken-ichi Tamuraf,
  8. Nicholas W. Ellisong and
  9. Charles Opitzh
  1. a USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI 53706-1108
    b Soil & Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, 503 Bradfield Hall, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 14853
    c Dep. of Agronomy and Soils, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL 36849
    d Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth Univ., Aberystwyth, Wales, UK SY23 3EE
    e Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo 060-0811, Japan
    f National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, Sapporo 062-8555, Japan
    g Grasslands Research Centre, AgResearch, Palmerston North, New Zealand
    h Hidden Valley Farms, Mineral Point, WI


‘Hidden Valley’ (Reg. No. CV-100, PI 674472) meadow fescue [Schedonorus pratensis (Huds.) P. Beauv.; syn. Festuca pratensis Huds.; syn. Lolium pratense (Huds.) Darbysh.] is a synthetic population originating from 561 parental genotypes. The original germplasm is of unknown central or northern European origin, but is thought to have become naturalized to the Driftless Area of the Upper Mississippi River Valley over approximately 100 yr. Hidden Valley has forage yield approximately 9% lower than orchardgrass and tall fescue, but neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFD) approximately 9% higher than for these two species. Compared to the only other existing meadow fescue cultivar within this region, Hidden Valley has 2% higher forage yield and 1.4% higher NDFD. Hidden Valley is adapted to a wide range of pasture managements and conditions in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 5, especially the northern portions of this range.

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