1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, late fall dormancy, persistence, and resistance to one or more of the following pests: potato leafhopper, bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose, Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot.

2. This variety is adapted to the North Central and East Central regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin and Indiana, and is intended for use in the North Central, East Central and Southeast regions.

3. Test variety is moderately fall dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Test variety is Moderately Winterhardy, similar to WS3 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 91% purple, 8% variegated, 1% cream, with a trace of white and yellow.

4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, potato leafhopper, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); and resistance to stem nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid and pea aphid. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode has not been tested.

5. Seed increase is on a limited generation basis with one generation of breeder 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 1999. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will 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 P.V.P. office.

9. Variety Name: Date submitted November 1, 2001

Experimental designations: FG 4S90

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