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
2. This variety is adapted to the North Central and East Central regions. This variety has been tested in
Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota and Indiana, and is intended for use in the North Central and East
3. Test variety is Dormant, similar to FD3 check. Test variety is Very Winterhardy, similar to WS2
check. Flower color (Syn2) is 91% purple, 6% variegated, 2% white and 1% 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 and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); with resistance to spotted alfalfa
aphid, pea aphid and stem nematode. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode has not
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 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: Impressive Date submitted: November 21, 2005
Experimental designations: FG 31Q109