BG Katana


Objective and Botanical Description of the variety: BG Katana is a six-rowed spring barley developed by WestBred, a unit of Monsanto. BG Katana was selected for slightly waxy, naked plump seed, along with agronomically favorable traits that include tillering, standability, and resistance to yellow rust. BG Katana was developed and advanced through the traditional pedigree breeding method. Area of adaptation sand primary use of variety: BG Katana has been tested, and shown, adaptation to the northern Palouse, the irrigated Columbia Basin, and the dryland Highway 2 corridor of Washington State and North Idaho. Identifying Characteristics:

Kind  Barley
Growth Habit Spring
Spike 6 row
Coleoptile Color Green
Juvenile Growth Habit Erect
Plant Tillering Intermediate
Leaf Color at Boot Green
Flag Leaf at Boot Erect, No Twist, No Wax
Pubescence on Leaf Blade No
Pubescence on Leaf Sheath No
Auricle Color White
Heading Date 165 days from 1/1
Stem Color White
Neck Shape Straight
Collar Shape V-shaped
Spike Exsertion Intermediate
Plant Height (cm) 79.5
Spike Shape Strap
Spike Density Dense
Spike Position at Maturity: Erect
Hairiness of Rachis Edge Covered
Rachilla Hair Length Long
Lemma Awns Straight
Length of Lemma Awns Short
Lemma Awn Surface Rough
Glume Hairiness Banded
Glume/Awn Surface Rough
Glume/Lemma Adherence Naked
Texture (if covered) n/a
Aleruone Color Colorless
Avg 1,000 Kernel wt (g) 38
Variants and Frequency: Taller plants occur at up to .04% (4/10,000). Long awned plants occur at up to .04% (4/10,000). Shrunken endosperm and/or covered seed at 0.18% (18/10,000). Resistance to diseases and pests: BG Katana has shown good tolerance to yellow stripe rust in Eastern Washington that it's predecessors have been susceptible to.

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