The Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The University of Georgia

Research Report Number 685
December 2002

PREFACE

This research report presents the results of the 2002 statewide performance tests of soybean, sorghum grain and silage, grain millet, and summer annual forages. The tests for various evaluations were conducted at several or all of the following locations: Tifton, Plains, and Midville in the Coastal Plain region; Griffin and Athens in the Piedmont region; Calhoun in the Limestone Valley region; and Marianna, Florida. For identification of the test site locations, consult the map below.

Agronomic information, such as plant height, lodging, disease occurrence, etc., is listed along with the yield data. Information concerning planting and harvest dates, soil type, and culture and fertilization practices used in each trial is included in footnotes. Since the average yield for several years gives a better indication of a variety's potential than one year's data, multiple-year yield summaries have been included.

In order to have a broad base of information, a number of varieties, including experimental lines, are included in the trials, but this does not imply that all are recommended for Georgia. Varieties best suited to a specific area or for a particular purpose, and agreed upon by College of Agriculture agronomists, are presented in the 2003 Spring Planting Schedule for Georgia (available from your county extension office). Pesticides used for production practices are included for the benefit of the reader and do not imply any endorsement or preferential treatment by the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. For additional information, contact your local county extension agent or the nearest experiment station.

The least significant difference (LSD) at the 10% level has been included in the tables to aid in comparing hybrids. If the yields of any two hybrids differ by the LSD value or more, they may be considered different in yield ability. Bolding is used in the performance tables to indicate hybrids with yields statistically equal to the highest yielding entry in the test. The standard error (Std. Err.) of an entry mean is included at the bottom of each table to provide a general indicator of the level of precision of each experiment. The lower the value of the standard error of the entry mean, the more precise the experiment.

This report is one of five publications presenting the 2002 performance of agronomic crops in Georgia. For more information concerning other crops, refer to one of the following research reports: 2002 Corn Performance Tests (Report 684), 2001-2002 Small Grains Performance Tests (Report 682), 2001-2002 Canola Performance Tests (Report 683), and 2002 Peanut, Cotton, and Tobacco Performance Tests (Report 686).

This report, along with performance test information on other crops, is also available at our web site www.griffin.peachnet.edu/swvt. Additional information may be obtained by writing J. LaDon Day, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, University of Georgia, Georgia Station, Griffin, GA 30223-1797.

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