SW 9215

1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield potential, salt tolerance, persistence, and resistance the following pests: Phytophthora root rot, Southern root knot nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid and pea aphid.

2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest region. This variety has been tested in the San Joaquin Valley and the Imperial Valley of California and in Arizona, and is intended for use in the Southwest region.

3. SW 9215 is non-dormant in the fall, similar to FD 9 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 98% purple and 2% variegated. SW 9215 has tolerance to salt stress when measured by forage yield. This tolerance is similar or greater than check variety Salado.

4. This variety has high resistance to root knot nematode (southern), Fusarium Wilt, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; with resistance to Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid and Bacterial Wilt. Reaction to anthracnose (race 1), verticillium wilt, stem nematode and aphanomyces root rot (race 1) have not been tested.

5. Breeder seed was produced in 2002. S&W Seed Company will maintain seed stocks of this variety. Under certification, the classes of seed will be Breeder, Foundation, and Certified. Foundation seed will be produced from Breeder seed and/or Foundation seed. Foundation or Breeder seed will be used to produce Certified seed. Length of stand life allowed for Foundation and Certified seed is four and six years respectively.

6. Certified seed will be available for sale in the Fall of 2006.

7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.

8. This information may be sent to the P.V.P. office.

9. Variety name: SW 9215 Date submitted: November 1, 2005

Experimental designations: SW 9215

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