Objectives and Botanical Description of the variety: Vaquero is a two-row spring forage barley that was developed by WestBred, a unit of Monsanto. Vaquero was selected based on standability, tillering, and grain plumpness. It is a tall hooded barley with excellent forage tonnage. Vaquero is 3-6 inches taller than Stockford with better standability and higher TDN and RFV. Vaquero is stable and uniform in appearance and performance. Vaquero was advanced through the standard pedigree breeding method. Area of adaptation and primary use of variety: Vaquero has tested, and shown, adaptation to the irrigated acres of Eastern Washington. Identifying Characteristics:

Growth Habit Spring
Spike 2 row
Coleoptile Color Green
Juvenile Growth Habit Erect
Plant Tillering High
Leaf Color at Boot Dark Green
Flag Leaf at Boot Recurved, Not-Twisted, Not Waxy
Pubescence on Leaf Blade No
Pubescence on Leaf Sheath No
Auricle Color White
Heading Date 81.5 days
Stem Color White
Neck Shape Straight
Collar Shape Closed
Spike Exsertion Full
Plant Height (cm) 116
Spike Shape Tapering
Spike Density Mid-Dense
Spike Position at Maturity: Inclined
Hairiness of Rachis Edge Covered
Rachilla Hair Length Short
Lemma Awns Sessile Hoods
Length of Lemma Awns n/a
Lemma Awn Surface n/a
Glume Hairiness Middle Only
Glume/Awn Surface Rough
Glume/Lemma Adherence Covered
Texture (if covered) Semi-wrinkled
Aleruone Color Colorless
Avg 1,000 Kernel wt (g) 44
Variants and Frequency: Vaquero may contain a tall variant (2-4 in) at frequencies up to 4/10,000 plants (.04%). No other variants are known to occur. Resistance to diseases and pests:  Vaquero has not been tested thoroughly enough to make claims of it's disease resistance.

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