'Pardee' birdsfoot trefoil was developed at the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. It is an upright, hay-type variety, with earlier maturity than both 'Norcen' and 'Viking'. Pardee was derived from a mixture of trefoil varieties and plant introductions available in the 1970s. This material was selected for resistance to Fusarium wilt (caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. loti). Disease resistance selection was conducted for two cycles in the field and two cycles in the greenhouse. One cycle of selection in the field for vigor was also completed. Pardee has about 50% plants resistant to Fusarium wilt. Flower color is more orange-yellow than the predominantly yellow flowers of other varieties.

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