Royal Harvest

1. Royal Harvest is a synthetic variety with 291 parent plants which were selected sequentially for multifoliolate leaf expression and for resistance to Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (race 1), and seed yield. Parent plants were selected from crosses between selections from four year old California yield tests and selections from 1993 breeder seed cages. Selections were made from various populations which were developed by a combination of phenotypic recurrent selection and strain crossing with selection for resistance to one or more of the following pests: Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (race 1), spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid, and stem nematode. Parentage of Royal Harvest traces to the following germplasm sources: Felix, N650, GT 58, Archer, and miscellaneous Cal