About Statewide Variety Testing

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 more than a few cultivars to determine which are best adapted to Georgia growing conditions. That’s where UGA Agronomists step in to help. 

The college’s Variety Testing Team does the work and research for the farmers  We 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 in multiple 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 four research reports which are made available to farmers, private industry, and other researchers in a timely manner. These reports are accessible in the section below.



Reports


Winter Grains & Forages

Corn & Sorghum

Soybeans

Cotton & Peanuts

D.W. Brooks lecturer Ismahane Elouafi is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's first chief scientist. Her talk, “How science, technology and innovation can accelerate the transformation of our agri-food systems,” will be hosted on Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2. CAES News
FAO chief scientist to highlight ag technology in 2021 D.W. Brooks Lecture
Chief scientist of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ismahane Elouafi is set to deliver the talk at this year's D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards, which will be held virtually Nov. 2. Elouafi’s lecture, “How science, technology and innovation can accelerate the transformation of our agri-food systems,” will highlight the advancement of e-agriculture and it’s benefits for farming around the world.
Robin Buell, who recently joined the faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as the GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Crop Genomics, has been at the forefront of genomic research, having been involved in sequencing the first plant genome, Arabidopsis, and the first crop genome, rice. CAES News
GRA Eminent Scholar awarded prestigious national genetics prize
University of Georgia plant geneticist Robin Buell has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 McClintock Prize by the Maize Genetics Cooperation (MGC) Advocacy Committee (MGAC) for her groundbreaking work in plant genome structure, function and evolution.
East Lake Golf Club CAES News
UGA-Griffin student scores job testing turf at PGA Tour Championship
When professional golfer Patrick Cantlay sank the birdie that won him the 2021 PGA TOUR Championship, he did it on turf that had been tested that morning by a student from the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus.