Proper variety selection is the most important decision a farmer makes. Farmers want and need to grow the best adapted crop cultivars to be successful. But producers do not have the time or the resources to plant several cultivars to determine which are adapted to Georgia growing conditions and the best available. That’s where UGA Agronomists step in to help.
The college’s Variety Testing Team does the work and research for the farmers. They perform variety research on public and private developed cultivars of corn, corn silage, soybean, peanut, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat, barley, rye, oat, triticale, canola, summer annual forages, and winter annual forages each crop year. The research is conducted within each of the seven major geographic regions of Georgia to collect agronomic data such as yield, bloom date, maturity date, test weight, height, lodging, seed size and seed shattering; also, tests for resistance/tolerance to pests and disease.
The information is published annually in five research reports which are made available to farmers, private industry, and other researchers in a timely manner. The Statewide Variety Testing website, electronic bulletin boards and computer CDs are also used to distribute the information.