1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, forage quality, persistence, and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose, Phytoptthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot.
2. This variety is adapted to the Nor~ Central region. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin and lowa, and is intended for use in the North Central, East Central, Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain, Winterhardy Intermountain and Great Plains regions.
3. Test variety is moderately fall dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Test variety is Extremely Winterhardy, sirnilar to WS1 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 88% purple, 7% variegated, 2% white, 2% cream and 1% yellow. This variety has high multifoliolate leaf expression.
4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); and resistance to stem nematode, root-knot nematode, and pea aphid. Reaction to spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid has not been tested.
5. Seed increase is on a limited generation basis with one generation of brieder and two generations of foundation and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn 1), foundation (Syn 2 or Syn 3), and certified (Syn 3 or Syn 4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn 3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1998. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety wil1 be maintained by Forage Genetics. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.
6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2002.
7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.
8. The information in this application may not be forwarded to the PVP of fice.
9. Variety Name Date submitted November 1. 2001
Experimental designations: FG 4M69