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.

Henry Jordan

Henry Jordan

Variety Testing Manager, Research Associate III

Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
201 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.

Application Materials – 2021 Cotton Variety Trials

Applications for the Auburn University Variety Testing - Cotton Variety Trials are now available. Entries can be submitted in in two planting environments, short season and full season.  Each environment includes 9 trials, 4 irrigated and 5 non-irrigated. Each...

2021 Application Materials – Soybean Variety Trials

Applications for the Auburn University Variety Testing - Soybean Variety Trials are now available. Entries can be submitted in in four planting environments: Early Planted Maturity Group 4 Only: Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Tennessee Valley Research and...

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2020

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2020

January 13 - The final report is available.  Seed per pound and seed quality data is available for the soybean trials at the Brewton Agricultural Research Unit. Soybeans at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center displayed uneven maturity within a plot as well as...

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2020

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2020

January 11 - The final report is available.  Classing data is available for the short season trials at the EV Smith and Wiregrass Research and Extension Centers. December 10 - Classing data (micronaire, length, strength, and uniformity) is available for both full...

2021 Application Materials – Grain Sorghum Variety Trial

For 2021, Auburn University Variety Testing will offer a grain sorghum variety trial at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, Headland, AL. This trial will be a 4 row trial planted on 36 inch rows.  The trial will be planted following small grain harvest.  In...

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