FG 43A131

1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, forage quality, persistence and resistance to one or more of the following pests: bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose (Race 1), Phytophthora root rot and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1 and Race 2).

2. This variety is adapted to the North Central and East Central regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Iowa, and is intended for use in the North Central and East Central regions.

3. Test variety is moderately Dormant, similar to FD4 check. Test variety is extremely Winterhardy, similar to WS1 check. Flower color (Syn2) is 92% purple, 5% variegated, 2% white, 1% yellow with a trace of cream. This variety has high multifoliolate leaf expression.

4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt, Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1) and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 2); with resistance to pea aphid and stem nematode. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid, root-knot nematode (M. hapla) and spotted 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 2003. 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 43A131

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