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
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.

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 Forages in Alabama, 2019-2020

Performance of Small Grain Forages in Alabama, 2019-2020

During the 2019-2020 season, small grain forage variety trials were conducted at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, Headland, AL and at the Chilton Research and Extension Center, Clanton, AL. Wheat, triticale, rye, and oat forages were evaluated in addition...

Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Alabama, 2019-2020

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...

Performance of Ryegrass 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...

Auburn University Crops / Cotton Research Report 2019

Auburn University Crops / Cotton Research Report 2019

On-farm trials conducted through Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension aim to provide producers with un-biased, relevant information of top cotton varieties being marketed in Alabama across companies. Trials will be designed to identify the most stable...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama 2019

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama 2019

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Headland, Alabama, 2019 K. Balkcom1, C.Parker2, A. Hagan3 1Extension Specialist, Department of Crop, Soils, and Environmental Sciences, 2 Associate Director, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations, 3 Extension Plant Pathologist,...

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