Soybean variety trial at Brewton 2020

Auburn University

Variety Testing Program

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 IV

Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
201 Funchess Hall (USPS)
1031 South Donahue Dr (FedEx & UPS)
Auburn University, AL 36849


Auburn University has partnered with Medius Ag to create a variety selection tool.  This tool will allow users to look at small plot variety trial data and large plot on-farm data in one location.

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Annually, the Auburn University Variety Testing Program conducts trials on corn, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, grain sorghum, wheat, barley, oats, triticale, small grain forages, 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.

Performance of Ryegrass Varieties in Alabama, 2022-2023

June 7  2022-2023 ryegrass harvests are complete.  Individual harvest yields, early season, late season, and season total yields are complete. CREC Ryegrass: 4th harvest yields are available Late Season yields are available Season Total yields have been updated Stay...

2023 Baleage Production Workshop

Come join us for the 2023 Baleage Production Workshop on April 20, 2023.  The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP at 256-362-6187 by April 18tth to reserve lunch. Agenda 8:30-9:00 AM  Registration 9:00-9:15 AM  Welcome and Introduction - Henry...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2022

February 24 - Seed per pound at harvest is now available. January 20 - Quality/Grade data (TSMK, LSK, OK, DK, Hulls) has been posted for all of the on-farm trials. December 13 - Yields have been added for the following On-Farm trials. Baldwin County Mobile County...

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