1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include winter active growth, high forage yield and persistence. Recurrent phenotypic selection was used to develop source populations and identify parent plants.
2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest region. This variety has been tested in California and is intended for use in the Southwest region.
3. Test variety is Very Non-Dormant, similar to FD10 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with a trace of variegated, cream, yellow and white.
4. This variety has high resistance to Fusarium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode (M. hapla); resistance to stem nematode; moderate resistance to anthracnose (Race I ) and Verticillium wilt; and low resistance to bacterial wilt. Reaction to Aphanomyces root rot 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 1999. 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 9S903