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Cooperative Variety Testing Programs
D. A. Van Sanford
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
We propose to continue holding a two or three-day meeting, usually in January or July, once a year where informational reports are given and regional activities are discussed and coordinated. To broaden the scope and level of participation, the annual meeting will occasionally be held with the University Crop Testing Alliance, a North Central/Midwestern regional group with common interests.
Minutes of the annual meetings will be recorded and published in NIMSS and on the SCCO33 web site (http://www.mafes.msstate.edu/scc33/ieg.html). A list of public and private variety test personnel will be maintained by the group and posted on the website (http://www.mafes.msstate.edu/scc33/mailing list.pdf) in order to facilitate communication and cooperation among the group of members. The SCCO33 website will also provide links to state variety testing programs (i.e. serve as a central repository for state variety test data).
Likewise, the site will also have links to seed company participants to provide
- contact and company profile information.
- standardization or greater commonality among variety testing programs
- Improved knowledge of modern agricultural research equipment
- Improved variety testing procedures
- Improved variety selection procedures for clientele
- Improved access to variety testing programs/data for end uses and evaluations
Outcome/Impact 6: Publicly accessible website for disseminating variety test data and information.
2011 Project Description
May 17, 2011: met with growers and other stakeholders at the site of one of the variety trials and discussed the test, the prevalent diseases etc, and how result would be disseminated after harvest.
Data from this research is published on the web and in a variety bulletin. The data impact growers' knowledge of varieties and affects their actions by influencing the wheat variety they plant the following year.
B. Bruening, C. Tutt, S. Swanson, J. Connelley, G. Olson, and D. Van Sanford. 2011. 2011 Kentucky Small Grain Variety Performance Test. KAES PR 623.