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 (USPS)
1031 South Donahue Dr (FedEx & UPS)
Auburn University, AL 36849

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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 Small Grain Forages in Alabama, 2020-2021

  These trials were conducted through collaboration with Auburn University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Florida. April 23 - Yield data is avaialable for wheat, triticale, oat, and rye forages at both locations.  Forage yields for the dual...

2021 Beef Forage Field Day

The Wiregrass Research & Extension Center is hosting a Beef – Forage Field Day Friday, March 26, 2021 on site.  Please plan to join us and learn first-hand about the current beef and forage research projects and demonstrations on the research farm.  The field day...

Application Materials – 2021 Cotton Variety Trials

March 22 - The Auburn University Variety Testing Program has closed the portal for 2021 corn applications.  If you would like to enter and missed the deadline or need to make changes to your applicaiton please email varietytesting@auburn.edu.  Late applications will...

2021 Application Materials – Soybean Variety Trials

March 22 - The Auburn University Variety Testing Program has closed the portal for 2021 soybean applications.  If you would like to enter and missed the deadline or need to make changes to your applicaiton please email varietytesting@auburn.edu.  Late applications...

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