1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include resistance to root rots under flooding conditions, less fall dormancy, winterhardiness in northern climate, forage yield, forage quality, persistence, and resistance to the pea aphid, anthracnose, bacterial wilt, and fusarium wilt.

2. This variety is adapted to the North Central, East Central and Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain Regions.

3. Test variety is moderately fall dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 18% variegated and 82% purple.

4. This variety has high resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot; with resistance to Bacterial Wilt, Fusarium Wilt and Pea Aphid; and moderate resistance to Anthracnose (race 1), Verticillium Wilt, Stem Nematode, Northern Root-Knot Nematode, and Southern RootKnot Nematode. Blue Aphid resistance not tested.

5. Seed increase is on a limited generation basis: Breeder (Syn 1), Foundation (Syn 2), and certified (Syn 3). Breeder seed was produced in 1998. Breeder and Foundation seed will be maintained by Great Plains Research Company, Inc. Sufficient breeder and foundation seed are available for foreseeable needs.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2002.

7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.

8. Information in this application may be forwarded to the P.V.P. office.

9. Variety Name: Dakota    Date Submitted: November 19, 2001

Experimental Designation: DAK99

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