1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, fall dormancy reaction, persistence, and pest resistance and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, alfalfa stem nematode and Phytophthora root rot.
2. This variety is adapted to the Winterhardy Intermountain and Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain regions. This variety has been tested in Idaho, Washington and Colorado and is intended for use in Winterhardy Intermountain and Moderately Winterhardy Intermountain regions.
3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 98% purple, 2% variegated with a trace of white, yellow and cream. Test variety has high multifoliolate leaf expression.
4. This variety has high resistance to anthracnose (race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, stem nematode, pea aphid and spotted alfalfa aphid; resistance to root-knot nematode (M hapla). Reaction to Aphanomyces root rot 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 1998. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Forage Genetics. 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 4M125