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 1).
2. This variety is adapted to North Central, East Central and Great Plains regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Indiana and is intended for use in the North Central, East Central-and Great Plains regions.
3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD5 checks. Test variety is Moderately Winterhardy, similar to WS3 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 96% purple, 3% variegated, 1% yellow with a trace of white and cream.
4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); with resistance to bacterial wilt, stem nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode (M. hapla). Reaction to, blue alfalfa aphid and pea 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. 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 5M87