L 99-226 was derived from a cross made between HoCP 89-846 as the female parent and LCP 81-30 as the male parent. L 99-226 is a variety that has an average population of large-diameter stalks with very good stubbling ability. L 99-226 is a midmaturing variety with sugar levels that increase throughout harvest (Bischoff et al., 2009). The following pictures will show eight different characteristics to help in identifying L 99-226.
1. Canopy – Drooping and spreading.
2. Stalk wax – Moderate wax layer.
3. Stalk color under the wax layer – Dark green with purplish hues that deepen with exposure to the sun; with direct exposure to the sun, the stalk becomes deep purple.
4. Leaf sheath – Very little wax and no pubescence (hair).
5. Leaf sheath margin – Very necrotic leaf sheath margin edges that extend into a long auricle.
6. Dewlap – Light green with light-brown segment at each edge.
7. Auricle – Long, necrotic and prominent.
8. Distinguishing characteristics – Deep purple internodes when exposed to the sun; the leaf blade is very pubescent when you rub from the leaf tip back toward the leaf sheath.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture