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 Small Grain Forages in Alabama, 2021-2022

August 10 Quality data is now available (variety selection platform only) for the wheat, oat, rye, and triticale trials at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland.  Each quality variable now has a "top group" data field for early-season, late-season,...

Performance of Ryegrass Varieties in Alabama, 2021-2022

August 12 - Forage quality data has been added to the PDF document. August 10 Quality data is now available (variety selection platform only) for the ryegrass trial at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland.  This makes two seasons of quality data for...

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2022

August 3  The Early-Planted MG-4 trial at the EV Smith Research Center (EVSPBU) received extreme pressure from root-knot nematodes (RKN).  The results of this trial demonstrate the importance of planting a RKN tolerant variety in a field known to have RKN.  Yield data...

2022 Annual Row Crops Field Day – Wiregrass

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 19, 2022...

2022-2023 Entry Form – Small Grains at Auburn University

July 27 - Entry forms for the Auburn University Variety Testing - Small Grain Variety Trials are now available. View last year's data here. The deadline for seed is October 1st. For the 2021-2022 season, small grains be evaluated as follows: Wheat and Oats Disease...

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