While harvest is underway in Alabama, believe it or not variety trial results are already in, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) notes it is time for producers to begin making crop variety decisions for the 2022 planting season.
ACES researchers, in partnership with the Auburn University College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES), have spent much of 2021 conducting variety trials. These trials are planted on farms and at the eight AAES locations throughout the state.
The program is currently testing corn, cotton, soybean, grain sorghum, peanut, wheat, oat, triticale and ryegrass varieties.
As producers begin making decisions for 2022, they will notice the Auburn University Variety Testing Program has implemented a new data delivery system.
Auburn University Variety Testing Manager Henry Jordan said, “The new Variety Selection Platform combines official variety trials (OVTs) and on-farm data, increases the utility and value of the data and gives users much more control. The new platform has multiple tools that allow users to customize the data to their specific growing situation.”
Producers can query a variety based on the criteria of their choice. They can also visually compare multiple locations and years of data simultaneously, compare potential varieties side-by-side, view graph data and more.
Visit the AAES website to view the variety trial results or to subscribe to receive updates on specific crops.