Baralfa 53HR

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, Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1).

2. This variety is adapted to North Central and Winterhardy Intermountain regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin and Idaho, and is intended for use in the North Central and Winterhardy Intermountain regions.

3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD5 checks. Test variety is Very Winterhardy, similar to WS2 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 95% purple, 3% variegated, 1% yellow, 1% white with a trace of cream.

4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Phytophthora root rot and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); resistance to Verticillium wilt, stem nematode and pea aphid. Reaction to root-knot nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid 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 1996. Forage Genetics will maintain sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2003.

7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.

8. The information in this application may not be forwarded to the PVP office.

9. Variety Name: Baralfa 53HR Date Submitted: November 1, 2002

Experimental designations FG SR77

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