Variety Testing

Dry bean field collage
Dry Bean Breeding Specialist Carlos Urrea and his crew worked both outside and indoors to carry out variety trials in 2021. (Left photo) Barbara Pieper (foreground), Aymslee Mathis and Karrisa Neal, summer interns, at work in the greenhouse scouting and clipping young bean plants. (Right photo) Urrea checks variety plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab in mid-summer 2021.

2021 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results Available

January 6, 2022
Results of the 2021 variety trials for dry edible beans conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are now available on CropWatch.

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Wheat Variety App

UNL Researchers Debut New Interactive Wheat Variety App

November 16, 2021
The new Wheat Variety App brings interactivity to UNL's annual variety testing results, enabling viewers to filter the data and build a custom, printable report — all in one easy-to-use online tool.

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2019 HPAL field day
Attendees tour the wheat variety plots at the 2019 High Plains Ag Lab June field day.

High Plains Ag Lab Field Day June 15 will be Face-to-Face, and Include Anniversary Celebration

May 27, 2021
The High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) June Field Day and 50th (+1) Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, June 15 will showcase current research at HPAL and recognize the past half-century of service to agriculture in the region.

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Field peas

UNL Field Pea Variety Trial Field Days Scheduled for June 15-16 in Alliance, Sidney, Grant

May 27, 2021
UNL's field pea variety trial plot tours will provide an opportunity for farmers and others to learn more about new varieties and other topics relevant to wheat and pea.

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Extension educators view winter wheat plots
Cody Creech, UNL Dryland Cropping Systems specialist, and Amanda Easterly, assistant professor for Research based at High Plains Ag Lab, view some of the winter wheat variety plots at HPAL.

With Transition to Panhandle, UNL Variety Testing Program Moves Beyond Winter Wheat

April 8, 2021
UNL's variety testing program is expanding research on numerous crops relevant to Nebraska crop producers and food processors.

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Dipak Santra
Dipak Santra, alternative crops breeding specialist, stands in the field pea variety trial plots.

2020 Pea Variety Trial Results Available Online

December 3, 2020
Pea variety trials were conducted at three sites in the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska: Box Butte County near Alliance (28 varieties), Cheyenne County near Sidney (28 varieties), and Perkins County near Venango (33 varieties). Results are now available.

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combine harvesting crops
Photo credit: Craig Chandler

2020 Corn Hybrid Trial Data Available

October 29, 2020
This year, the Nebraska State Variety Trial team resumed corn hybrid trials. These were planted at four rainfed sites (Saunders, Clay, Perkins, and Cheyenne counties) and two irrigated sites (Clay and Perkins counties).

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Field pea variety trial plot in Lincoln County, summer 2019.
A field pea variety trial plot in Lincoln County, summer 2019.

2019 Field Pea Variety Trial Results Available On-Line

December 12, 2019
Results of the 2019 variety trials for field peas have been posted to CropWatch. While there were some high yields, all the trials faced challenges from the weather, ranging from heavy rains during the preferred planting period to a tornado.

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