UC 960 was developed by Dr. Robert Matchett after the termination of the Northrup King barley breeding program in Woodland, CA.
BREEDING HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
UC 960 has the parentage Gus/Kombyne//Smal/3/Smal/SB 401. Smal has the parentage Steptoe/2*Diamant/3/Minn Dwarf 64,98-8/Briggs/4/Asse.
UC 960 is mid-season maturing, short statured, six-rowed with rough awns.
UC 960 is intended for spring planting in the Klamath Basin of northern California, southern Oregon, and adjacent areas for use as a feed barley. It will provide growers in that area with a higher yielding alternative to other varieties in the presence of stripe rust epidemics.
PEST AND DISEASE RESISTANCE
UC 960 is moderately resistant to stripe rust (P.striiformis f. sp. Hordei) and Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV).
FORAGE YIELD DATA
In tests where stripe rust was at epidemic levels, UC 937 yielded 9,020 lbs/acre.
SEED CLASSES AND PRODUCTION
Seed classes are breeder, foundation, and certified. Breeder and foundation seed will be maintained by the Foundation Seed Program, University of California, Davis. Breeder seed will be generated periodically from bulked head-row purification plantings as needed.