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More forage field trial results for 2012

Progressive Forage Grower staff Published on 28 February 2013

Every year, researchers at colleges and universities around the country spend a considerable amount of their time on variety trial testing – all with the goal to aid producers in the selection of the best cultivars for their specific regions.

Here are links to several institutions, from New Mexico to New York, that have recently released 2012 forage field trial test results.

These links lead to an abundance of information about yield potential, cold and heat tolerance, disease resistance, stand persistence, grazing tolerance and other traits.

Cornell University
As the only land grant university in New York, Cornell University provides agricultural extension services and information throughout the state through Cornell Cooperative Extension and various departmental programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Departments of Plant Breeding and Genetics and Crop and Soil Sciences all have extension programs that engage in field crop variety testing to provide farmers, seed producers and distributors, and gardeners with information about variety performance in New York State.  

Forage yield trials are planted and harvested annually at the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in Ithaca and at three other locations in New York State.

Click here to read Cornell's trial results.

Michigan State University
MSU's Forage Information Service has posted results from its 2012 forage variety tests.

Click here to view Michigan State University's results.

New Mexico State
The Agricultural Science Center at Clovis conducts several variety trials each year to provide performance information to local producers and seed industries for proper variety selection of the various crop grown in eastern New Mexico.

Click here to read New Mexico State's trial results.

University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee constantly searches for practices that can help producers be more profitable in their operations, testing various methods to improve things such as forage establishment, yield and persistence. These tests often take several years to complete but are an important part of UT’s land grant mission.

Click here to read University of Tennessee test results.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension
These results tables represent the work of many agronomists across Nebraska. Crop variety tests are a cooperative effort of UNL Extension and the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center. Agronomists and technologists at the Research and Extension Centers and Agricultural Laboratories, County Extension Educators, and farmer cooperators are a vital part of the variety and hybrid testing program.

Click here to view results from the University of Nebraska.

North Dakota State
Click here to view North Dakota State test results

University of Kentucky
Click here to read forage trial results for crops ranging from alfalfa to Kentucky silage hybrids.

Want even more trial results? Click here to read Progressive Forage Grower's previous roundup of 2012 field trial results, including The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and Penn State.  FG