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
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.

Ryegrass Variety Trial 2020-2021 Planting Dates

Ryegrass Variety Trial 2020-2021 Planting Dates

Planting Dates for Ryegrass  The Auburn University Variety Testing Program's Ryegrass Variety Trials for the 2020-2021 season have all been planted.  The locations and dates are as follows: Sand Mountain Reserach and Extension Center - November 6 E.V. Smith Research...

PRELIMINARY Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2020

November 24 - Lint yield data is available for the short season non-irrigated cotton at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center and for the short season irrigated cotton at the Prattville Agricultural Research Unit.  Seed lint yields are available for all...

PRELIMINARY Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2020

PRELIMINARY Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2020

November 23 - Yield data is available for the Maturity Group VII-VIII soybean trial at the EV Smith Research and Extension Center.  Soybeans at the Black Belt Research and Extension center remain in the field due to plants/pods that are maturing uneavenly.   November...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2020

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2020

November 13 - Final data is available.  Seed per pound has been added to the yield/quality tables for the peanut trials at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center.   November 11 - Grade data is avaialable for the peanut trials at the Wiregrass Research and...

Performance of Field Corn Hybrids in Alabama, 2020

October 9 - The 2020 corn season has come to an end and the completed report is now available. Yield data for the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center is now available.  The non-irrigated summary tables are now complete.   September 22 - Yield data is available...

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...

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