1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include resistance to root rots under extremely wet conditions, less fall dormancy, winterhardiness, forage yield, forage quality, persistence, and resistance to the alfalfa weevil pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, stem nematode, anthracnose, bacterial wilt, and fusarium wilt.

2. This variety is adapted to the East Central region.

3. Test variety is moderately fall dormant, simliar to FD5 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 40% variegated and 60% purple.

4. This variety has high resistance to Bacterial Wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Phytophthora Root Rot, Stem Nematode and Pea Aphid; with resistance to Anthracnose (race 1), Verticillium Wilt and spotted Alfalfa Aphid; and moderate resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot and RootKnot Nematode (M. incognita). 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 not be forwarded to the P.V.P. office.

9. Variety Name: DU299 Date Submitted: November 19, 2001

Experimental Designation: Du299

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