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.

2020-2021 SMALL GRAINS

The Auburn University Variety Testing Program is making preparations for the 2020-2021 Small Grain Variety Trials.

WHEAT, OAT, and TRITICALE trials will be planted at eight research stations throughout the state.  Locations are grouped by region.

Henry Jordan

Henry Jordan

Variety Testing Manager, Research Associate III

Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
275 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.

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,...

Performance of Field Corn Hybrids in Alabama, 2019

Performance of Field Corn Hybrids in Alabama, 2019

Field corn hybrids were evaluated in 2019 by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station as a service to producers, crop advisors, and industry. Field trials on corn hybrid performance were conducted on experiment stations throughout the state to evaluate yield...

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2019

Performance of Soybean Cultivars in Alabama, 2019

“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...

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2019

Performance of Cotton Varieties in Alabama, 2019

“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...

Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Alabama, 2018-2019

Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Alabama, 2018-2019

“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...

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