HB 8400

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 or Race 2).

2. This variety is adapted to the North Central and East Central regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin, New York, Iowa and Pennsylvania 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 very Winterhardy, similar to WS2 check. Flower color (Syn2) is 89% purple, 7% variegated, 2% cream, 1% white and 1% yellow.

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 pea aphid; with resistance to root-knot nematode (M. hapla) and stem nematode. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid 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 2002. 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: HB 8400 Date submitted November 21, 2005

Experimental designations: FG 42T129

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