1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield potential,
persistence, and resistance to Southern root knot nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid, pea aphid and
Phytophthora root rot.
2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest region. SW 9217 has been tested in the San Joaquin Valley,
Sacramento Valley and the Imperial Valley of California and in Arizona, and is intended for use in
the Southwest region.
3. SW 9217 is non-dormant in the fall, similar to FD 9 check. Flower color (Syn 2) is 98% purple and
4. This variety has high resistance to root knot nematode (southern), spotted alfalfa aphid and Fusarium
Wilt; with resistance to Phytophthora root rot, pea aphid, and moderate resistance to blue alfalfa 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 2007.
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 9217 Date submitted: November 1, 2005
Experimental designations: SW 9217