Variety Tests

Variety selection is the most important decision a farmer can make.  If farmers want to be successful, they must ensure that they plant varieties that are well adapted.  If a farmer selects the wrong variety, the results can be catastrophic.  Typically, farmers do not have the resources to conduct variety trials in addition to their normal growing season activities.

Variety evaluation is also critical to plant breeders, both from universities and industry. Prior to releasing a new variety, these breeders typically evaluate their lines in independent variety trials.  This ensures that they have unbiased data from multiple years and locations to support the release of their new variety.

The mission of the Auburn University Variety Testing Program is to provide research-based, unbiased results on the performance of various crop hybrids, cultivars, and varieties to the agricultural community in Alabama. We are intent on conducting these trials in a manner that will result in maximum biological yield through methods common to the top-producing farms in Alabama.

We are committed to providing this information in a timely manner for its use during the decision-making process. The success of the program rests on our ability to help Alabama producers provide a safe, dependable source of food and fiber for all families as well as an economic sustainability for theirs.

2020-2021 SMALL GRAINS

The Auburn University Variety Testing Program is making preparations for the 2020-2021 Small Grain Variety Trials.

WHEAT, OAT, and TRITICALE trials will be planted at eight research stations throughout the state.  Locations are grouped by region.

Henry Jordan

Henry Jordan

Variety Testing Manager, Research Associate III

Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
275 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

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Annually, the Auburn University Variety Testing Program conducts trials on corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, oats, triticale, and ryegrass.

Trials are conducted on Auburn University owned and operated agricultural research stations across the major geographical regions of the state. The research conducted at each of these locations can provide stakeholders with data that can be more representative of their growing conditions.

PRELIMINARY Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2020

If you would like to be notified when updates are posted, please subscribe. September 24 - Prior to planting, the peanut entries were divided into four maturity groups.  Plots of the earliest maturity group, in both the irrigated and non-irrigated trials at the WGREC,...

PRELIMINARY Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2020

If you would like to be notified when updates are posted, please subscribe. September 22 - The soybean trials at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, AL received damaging wind and rain from Hurricane Sally.  Due to the extent of the damage, it is...

PRELIMINARY Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2020

If you would like to be notified when updates are posted, please subscribe. Alabama Cotton Shorts - Dr. Steve Brown, Auburn University's Cotton Extension Agronomist, sends out newsletters throughout the season keeping everyone up to date with cotton related topics...

Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Alabama, 2019-2020

The mission of the Alabama Variety Testing Program is to provide research-based, unbiased results on the performance of various crop hybrids, cultivars, and varieties to the agricultural community in our state. We are intent on conducting these trials in a manner that...

Performance of Ryegrass Varieties in Alabama, 2019-2020

“The mission of the Alabama Variety Testing Program is to provide research-based, unbiased results on the performance of various crop hybrids, cultivars, and varieties to the agricultural community in our state. We are intent on conducting these trials in a manner...

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