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University of Minnesota releases performance trial results on plant varieties

varietal-trials-results.jpgMedia Contact: John Byrnes, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, 612-625-4743

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Jan. 10, 2011) --A comprehensive comparison of most crop varieties grown in Minnesota is now available in print and electronic forms. Minnesota Varietal Trials 2011, published by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, provides the results of the 2010 University of Minnesota evaluation of more than 1000 individual entries of plant varieties.

Multiple trials throughout the state compared how varieties performed in the wide range of soil types and climatic conditions found in Minnesota. "This is hands-on production agriculture information that farmers can take to the field and use. Growers can use this data to make informed choices on which varieties will perform well in their fields," said Bev Durgan, Dean, University Minnesota Extension and Director, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

The varieties tested are from both private and public breeding programs and include University of Minnesota developed forage, grain and oilseed crop varieties.

Plant varieties tested include alfalfa, barley, birdsfoot trefoil, canola, corn grain, corn silage, kura clover, orchardgrass, red clover, oat, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat and wild rice. The test plots are grown at the University's Research and Outreach Centers and also in field research plots on privately-owned farms. The replicated trials provide Minnesota farmers with objective evaluations of how plant varieties perform in various conditions. University researchers, Extension educators, USDA scientists and graduate students conducted the trials.

The complete results of the variety trials are available on the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station website www.maes.umn.edu. Limited print copies will be available from the University of Minnesota Extension Store http://shop.extension.umn.edu, or call 1-800-876-8636.


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