1. 717 is a synthetic variety with 225 parent plants that were selected sequentially for multifoliolate leaf expression and for resistance to Phytophthora root rot. Parent plants were selected from crosses between selections from three year old Minnesota and Wisconsin yield trials and three-year old nursery selections and from crosses between the selections from three-year old Wisconsin nurseries. Both yield trial and nursery source varieties were derived from various populations that were developed by phenotypic recurrent selection for high relative feed value (using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy), and for resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Aphanomyces root rot (race 1), anthracnose (race 1), and Leptosphaerulina leafspot. Parentage of 717 traces to the following germplasm sources: Pointer, DK 142, 512, Sprint, Gold Plus, Abound, Cyclone, and miscellaneous Cal/West Seeds breeding populations. Approximate germplasm source contributions are as follows: M.falcata (8%), Ladak (5%), M.varia (24%), Turkistan (3%), Flemish (51%), and Chilean (9%).

2. 717 is adapted to and intended for use in the North Central, East Central, and Great Plains areas of the U.S. 717 has been tested in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska.

3. 717 is a dormant variety with fall dormancy similar to FD class 4 check varieties. Flower color observed in the Syn.2 generation is approximately 98% purple, 1% variegated, 1% white, with a trace of cream and yellow.

4. 717 has high resistance to bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, and Phytophthora root rot, with resistance to anthracnose (race 1), pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, and northern root knot nematode (Meloidogyne hapla), and moderate resistance to Verticillium wilt, stem nematode and Aphanomyces root rot (race 1). Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid has not been adequately tested.

5. Seed increase of 717 is on a limited generation basis with one generation of breeder and two generations of the foundation and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn.l), 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 under cage isolation near Woodland, California in 1998. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Cal/West Seeds. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed of 717 will be available in 2003.

7. No decision has been made regarding Plant Variety Protection.

8. This information can be forwarded to the PVP office.

9. Variety Name: 717 Date submitted: November 30, 2002.

Experimental Designation: CW 85029.

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