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

AU VARIETY SELECTION PLATFORM

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.

2022 Grain Sorghum Variety Trial Entry Form

January 21, 2022 - Entry forms for the 2022 Auburn University Garin Sorghum Variety Trials are now available. Grain sorghum will be late planted, behind small grains, at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland.   

2022 Peanut Variety Trial Entry Form

January 21, 2021 - Entry forms for the 2022 Auburn University Peanut Variety Trials are now available. Peanuts will be tested in 4 trials. EV Smith Research Center Plant Breeding Unit - Tallassee - Non-Irrigated Wiregrass Research and Extension Center - Headland -...

2022 Cotton Variety Trial Entry Form

January 21, 2022 - Entry forms for the 2022 Auburn University Cotton Variety Trials are now available. Applications for the Auburn University Variety Testing – Cotton Variety Trials are now available. Entries can be submitted in in two planting environments, short...

2022 Soybean Variety Trial Entry Form

January 20, 2022 - Entry forms for the 2022 Auburn University Soybean Variety Trials are now available.  Entry forms are due by February 18th.  Seed is due by March 18th. Entries can be submitted by the following categories/regions: Early Planted Maturity Group...

Performance of Peanut Varieties in Alabama, 2021

January 20 - Grade data is available for the WREC non-irrigated peanut OVT.  Please note that grade data was not available for all for replications of each variety.  For transparency, the number of replications for each variety's grade data is included. January 10 -...

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2021

January 11 - Classing data is now available for the on-farm variety trials.  This data can be found on the variety selection platform. Yields and turnout rates have been updated for the Lee County, Alabama on-farm variety trial. January 4 - Yield data is now available...

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