Variety Evaluation Data Posted
Posted: December 4, 2012
This was generally a good year for our testing programs with some interesting overall results. In the silage testing program we had a range of yields at individual sites, with some showing great recovery from the early season drought and others not recovering as well. Where recovery was good we had some well eared silages with high starch levels. We also noticed lower yields with BMRs in our tests this year, which was related to heavy Northern Corn Leaf Blight pressure.
Our grain test sites also had mixed levels of recovery from the drought, but some had very high yields, especially at some of our western PA sites.
Our soybean tests again seemed to show some of the potential of the early lines as many of the early lines had yields fairly comparable to the later lines. The earlier beans can help facilitate wheat planting and cover cropping. We expanded to a third test site in Blair County this year and saw similar responses to maturity there. Soybean varieties continue to result in significant differences in yield so its an input you want to pay some attention to. We also conducted some evaluations of non-Roundup Ready lines and included two Roundup Ready checks in each test for comparison.
- Professor of Agronomy