UNL Variety Testing Program Mission & Purpose


  • To serve Nebraska farmers by providing the best available information and tools to select the best performing hybrid/variety to grow under sustainable levels of management inputs and greater margin of profit.
  • Contribute to the efforts of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in solving the agricultural problems of Nebraska through research and outreach.
  • Promote efficient crop production, water and natural resource conservation.


The need of Nebraska farmers (producers) with regard to hybrid/variety is to identify the best variety or hybrid for their individual operation. To address this need the Variety Testing Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln conducts extensive hybrid and variety testing on:

  • corn,
  • soybeans,
  • wheat,
  • sorghum, 
  • alfalfa.
  • pea,
  • proso millet, and 
  • sunflower.

and limited testing on:

  • brown mustard
  • canola,
  • einkorn wheat
  • fenugreek,
  • oat,
  • spelt, and
  • tef.

The data collected from the variety trials are made available to producers through published reports as well as through the Variety Testing Web site.

Varieties/hybrids are compared across years and location when possible.