FG 40W206

1. The selection criteria for this variety include forage yield, fall dormancy reaction, persistence and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, stem nematode and Phytophthora root.

2. This variety is adapted to the Winterhardy Intermountain region. This variety has been tested in Idaho and Colorado and is intended for use in Winterhardy Intermountain region.

3. Test variety is moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD4 check. Test variety is very Winterhardy, similar to WS2 check. Flower color (Syn2) is 77% purple, 10% variegated, 2% yellow, 2% cream and 9% white. This variety has moderate multifoliolate leaf expression.

4. This variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, stem nematode; with resistance to Fusarium wilt and 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 in the field near Nampa, ID 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 2006.

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 21, 2005

Experimental designations: FG 40W206

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