FG 40M153

1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, 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 l).

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

3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Test variety is Very Winterhardy, similar to WS2 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 90% purple, 10% variegated with a trace of yellow, white and cream.

4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt, Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1), and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 2); resistance to pea aphid, with moderate resistance to stem nematode. Reaction to root-knot nematode (M. hapla), spotted alfalfa aphid, 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 2000. 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:                      Date Submitted: November 1, 2002

Experimental designations: FG 40M153

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