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 III

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

AU VARIETY SELECTION PLATFORM

Auburn University has partnered with Medius Ag to create a variety selection tool for COTTON and PEANUTS.  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 Grain Sorghum in Alabama, 2021

September 22 - Please familiarize yourself with the new data delivery system.  There are several demonstration videos that walk through the features of the AU variety selection platform and can be used for reference. Height measurements and bloom dates are available...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2021

September 17 - As we prepare for harvest, please familiarize yourself with the new data delivery system.  There are several demonstration videos that walk through the features of the AU variety selection platform and can be used for reference. For the 2021 season,...

2021 Annual Row Crops Field Day – Wiregrass

Come visit the research plots at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center.  A variety of researchers will give tours of their projects and answer questions.  There will be mid-season crop updates from area specialists.  Lunch will be provided.  Friday, August 20,...

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