Variety Trials

Wheat Variety Trial Field Tours June 8-17 Across Nebraska

May 13, 2021
The wheat variety trial field tours will be in seven locations across Nebraska, from Fairbury to Hemingford, from June 8-17.

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Kernza research fields
Figure 1. Kernza® research fields in July 2019 at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. All Images are covered by a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND). Photos copyright The Land Institute (landinstitute.org).

Evaluating the Performance of Kernza® Perennial Grain in Eastern Nebraska

April 20, 2021
The first coordinated research effort on Kernza as a potential cash grain crop for Nebraska producers shows promising results.

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Proso millet field
A pre-pandemic tour of a proso millet variety plots at High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney. After the pandemic, face-to-face field days will be possible again but the variety trial results are always available online as well.

2020 Proso Millet Variety Trial Results Available Online

March 10, 2021
Results of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2020 variety trials for proso millet have been compiled and are now available on CropWatch.

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rows of beans
A drone’s eye view of UNL dry bean variety trial plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab north of Scottsbluff.

2020 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results Released

December 16, 2020
Results of the 2020 variety trials for dry edible beans and field peas conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are now available.

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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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Winter wheat stubble without a herbicide treatment in the growing crop.

Looking Back on the 2019 Wheat Crop in Western Nebraska

August 30, 2019
Ideal temperatures, good moisture, and low disease pressure were the perfect conditions to achieve high winter wheat yields across much of southwest, west central, and the Panhandle of Nebraska with several counties averaging over 100 bu/ac.

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