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 Corn Hybrids in Alabama, 2022

September 14 - Yield data is available for the non-irrigated trial at the EV Smith Research Center (EVSRC) in Shorter (see note below). 2022 Non-Irrigated trials in Central, AL, suffered significant drought during the critical portion of the season, reproduction. As a...

Central Alabama Field Day 2022

  9:00 AM, Tuesday, August 30, 2022 EV Smith Research Center - Plant Breeding Unit Join us as we tour the research conducted at the EV Smith Research Center - Plant Breeding Unit.  The field day will include updates Agenda 9:00 AM-9:15 AM - Registration and...

2022 EVSPBU Soybean Trial Impacted by Nematodes

August 17 This season, the Early-Planted MG-4 trial at the EV Smith Research Center (EVSPBU) started off great.  However, things took a turn mid-season. In this video, Dr. Eros Francisco - Extension Agronomist, Dr. Kathy Lawrence - Plant Pathologist, Henry Jordan -...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2022

August 17 - Tomato spotted wilt virus ratings, complements of Amanda Scherer - Extension Plant Pathologist, are now available for all four OVT trials. Variety-specific and general trial images have been added to the variety selection platform for: Both trials at the...

Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Alabama, 2021-2022

August 12 - A subset of barley varieties was selected for quality testing.  Quality testing results are now available on the variety selection platform (under the qualtiy tab).   Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center - Barley EV Smith Research Center - Barley...

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