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 Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2022

January 20 - Quality/Grade data (TSMK, LSK, OK, DK, Hulls) has been posted for all of the on-farm trials. December 13 - Yields have been added for the following On-Farm trials. Baldwin County Mobile County December 6 Quality/Grade data (TSMK, LSK, OK, DK, Hulls) has...

2023 Corn Variety Trial Entry Form

January 10, 2023 - Entry forms for the 2023 Auburn University Official Corn Variety Trials (OVTs) are now available.  Entry forms are due by February 17th.  Seed is due by March 1st. Entries can be submitted by region (North, Central, South).  The North and South...

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2022

January 9  Lint yields and quality have been uploaded for eleven of the on-farm variety trials. January 4 The analytics portion of the Variety Selection Platform has been updated. There are now presets to save time getting to some of the most popular selections....

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2022

December 7 Yield data is available for the following OVTs at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center (BBREC) in Marion Junction. Sumter Soil MG4 MG5 MG6 MG7/8 Vaiden Soil MG4 MG5 MG6 MG7/8 Yield data is available for the Escambia County On-Farm trial November 30...

Performance of Corn Hybrids in Alabama, 2022

November 16 - Yield data is available for the following on-farm trials. Chilton County Barbour County Dale County Pike County October 18 - Yield data is available for the OVT at the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center (SMREC) in Crossville. October 12 - Yield...

Performance of Grain Sorghum in Alabama, 2022

October 17 Yield data is available for the grain sorghum OVT at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) in Headland.  Please note that the season total rainfall for this trial was only 8.66 inches. WREC Sorghum Trial Page WREC Sorghum Analytics 

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