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, 2023

September 22 Yield results are available for the irrigated and non-irrigated OVTs conducted at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center (TVREC) in Belle Mina.   Excessive variation was noted in the TVREC irrigated corn trial.  Therefore, the results are...

2023 On-Farm Corn

September 21 - Yield results are available for two additional on-farm corn variety trials. Fayette County Marshall County September 1 Yield results are available for three more on-farm corn variety trials conducted in Barbor, Henry, & Pike Counties. August 11...

Performance of Grain Sorghum in Alabama, 2023

September 21 - Yield results are available for the grain sorghum OVT conducted at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) in Headland.  This trial had an average yield of 88 bushels per acre and ranged from 74-105 bushels per acre. September 8 Yield results...

2023 Corn Summary Tables

September 14 - The summary table for the Central Region is now available below. September 1 - Since yield results from both South Region OVT locations are complete, the first summary table of the season is available in the variety selection platform using the link...

2022-2023 Winter Forage Summary Tables

September 14 Quality data from Clanton and EV Smith, both located in the Central Region, have been added to the variety selection platform.  As a result, the Central Region summary tabs have been updated. Note:  Forage quality at Clanton was reduced for the first...

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