1. SW 8718 plant selection criteria included plant vigor, seed production, healthy roots and resistance to Fusarium Wilt, Spotted Alfalfa, Southern Root Knot Nematode (M. incognita), Blue Aphid, Pea Aphid and Bacterial Wilt.
2. SW 8718 is adapted to the southern Sacramento Valley and to the central and southern San Joaquin Valley areas of California in the Southwest U.S. area of adaptation. These are the areas of intended use and locations of yield tests.
3. Fall dormancy of SW 8718 is 8, similar to the FD 8 check variety Pierce. Flower color is 96 _ % purple, 3% variegated and _ % white in the Syn 3 generation.
4. SW 8718 is high resistant to Fusarium Wilt and Spotted Alfalfa Aphid; resistant to Southern Root Knot Nematode (M. incognita), Blue Alfalfa Aphid, Pea Aphid, and Bacterial Wilt; has moderate resistance to Stem Nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) and Phytophthera Root Rot. SW 8718 was not adequately tested for resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot (Race 1), Anthracnose (Race 1) and Verticillium Wilt.
5. Breeder seed was produced in 1997. 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 seed will be used to produce Certified seed. Length of stand life allowed for Foundation and Certified seed is four and six years respectively. Breeder, Foundation and Certified seed production is limited to the San Joaquin Valley of California.
6. Certified seed will be available for sale in the Fall of 2003.
7. No decision has been made regarding Plant Variety Protection.
8. This information may be sent to the PVP office.
9. Variety name: SW 871 Date submitted: November 21, 2002
Experimental designations: SW 8718