1. Tulare is a synthetic variety with 222 parent plants. Parents were selected for seed yield, late summer growth and resistance to one or more of the following diseases: Phytophthora root rot, anthracnose (race 1), Fusarium wilt and Verticillium wilt. Phenotypic recurrent selection was used. Parents trace to the varieties Parade, Tahoe, Kern and FG 6J92. Approximate germplasm source contributions are: M.falcata (1%), Ladak (2%), M.varia (5%), Turkistan (15%), Flemish (3%), Chilean (11%), Peruvian (1%), Indian (20%), Africa (35%) and unknown (7%).

2. This variety is adapted to the Southwest U.S. This variety has been tested in California and Idaho and will be used in the Southwest U.S.

3. This variety has fall dormancy similar to FD8 checks. Flower color (Syn2) is 100% purple with a trace of variegated, yellow, cream and white.

4. This variety has high resistance to Fusarium wilt, anthracnose (race 1), Verticilliurn wilt, Phytophthora root rot, spotted alfalfa aphid and blue alfalfa aphid; resistance to northern root knot nematode and pea aphid; and moderate resistance to stem nematode and bacterial wilt. Reaction to Aphanomyces root rot (race 1) 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 (Synl), foundation (Syn2 or Syn3), and certified (Syn3 or Syn4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 1994. Sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety will be maintained by Forage Genetics. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.

6. Certified seed win be marketed in 1997.

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

8. The information in this application can be forwarded to the PVP of fine.

9. Variety Name Tulare Date Submitted November 25, 1996 Experimental designations:_FG 8L409

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