1. 93-292 is a 160-plant synthetic variety resulting from phenotypic recurrent selection for high forage quality (high crude protein, low acid and neutral detergent fibers) using Near infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy. Parental germplasm traces to Prism1 WL 322 HQ, Thrive, and WL 226. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M. falcata -5%; Ladak - 14% M varia -26%; Turkistan -6%; and Flemish -49%.

2. 93-292 is adapted for use in the North Central and East Central regions of the U. S. 93-292 has been yield tested in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

3. Flower color of 93-292 at Syn 2 approximates 100% purple with a trace of cream and variegated. The fall dormancy of 93-292 is similar to Pioneer 5246 (Class 3).

4. 93-292 has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Phytophthora root rot, Verticillium wilt, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); and resistance to pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid, and stem nematode. Reaction to blue alfalfa aphid, and root knot nematode has not been adequately tested. I cage isolation at Bakersfield, CA.

5. Sufficient Foundation (Syn 2) seed will be produced for the expected life of the variety and will be maintained by W-L Research. One generation of Breeder (Syn 1) and two generations each of Foundation (Syn 2 or 3) and Certified (Syn 3 or 4) are recognized. The maximum permitted length of stand for Foundation and Certified seed fields are 3 and 5 years, respectively. Foundation seed must be produced above 40 degrees North latitude. Production of Syn 3 Foundation seed requires consent of the breeder.

6. Certified seed will be marketed n 1997.

7. It is undecided whether application will be made for Plant Variety Protection.

8. The information in this application can be turned over to the PVP office.

9. Experimental Designation: 93-292

Date NAVRB first accepted this variety: January 1997


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