1. Selection criteria for plants included plant vigor, plant height, large crowns, healthy roots and resistance to Southern Root Knot Nematode (M. incognita), Pea Aphid and Spotted Alfalfa Aphid.
2. SW 9601 is adapted to areas in the southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley of California and to the hot areas of Arizona where very non-dormant varieties are grown. These are the areas of intended use and locations of yield tests.
3. Fall dormancy of SW 9601 is 9, similar to the FD 9 check variety CUF101. Flower color is 98 1/2% purple, 1% variegated and 1/2% white in the Syn.3 generation.
4. SW 9601 is highly resistant to Southern Root Knot Nematode (M. incognita), Spotted Alfalfa Aphid and Pea Aphid; resistant to B1ue Alfalfa Aphid. Phytophthera Root Rot and Fusarium Wilt; and has moderate resistance to Bacterial Wilt, Anthracnose (Race 1) and Stem Nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci). SW 9601 was not tested for resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot (Race 1) and Verticllium Wilt.
5. Breeder seed was produced in 1996. S&W Seed Compay will maintain seed stocks of this variety. Under certification the classes of seed will be Breeder, Foundation, and Certified. Foundation seed will be produced from Breeder seed and/or Foundation. Foundation seed will be used to produce Certified seed. Length of stand life allowed for Foundation and Certified seed is four and six years, respectively. Breeder, foundation and certified seed production is 1imited to the San Joaquin Valley of California.
6. Certified seed will be available for sale in the Fall of 2003.
7. No decision has been made regarding Plant Variety Protection.
8. This information may be sent to the P.V.P. office.
9. Variety name: SW 9601 Date submitted: November l, 2001. Experimental designations: SW 9601.