HB 8900

1. This variety was selected for winter-active growth, high forage yield and persistence.

2. This variety is adapted to California and the low desert areas of the Southwest. This variety has been tested in California. It will be used in the Southwest.

3. Test variety has fall dormancy similar to FD9 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with traces of white, cream, variegated and yellow.

4. This variety has high resistance to Fusarium wilt, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; with resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, stem nematode and root-knot nematode (M. hapla). 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 in the field near Nampa, ID in 2001. 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 8900 Date submitted November 21, 2005

Experimental designations: FG 91T403

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