Results of the 2010 Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn and soybeans are now available on the Web at www.croptesting.iastate.edu
Administered jointly by Iowa State University and the Iowa Crop Improvement Association, this program provides direct, unbiased comparisons among hundreds of corn hybrids and soybean varieties grown in dozens of environments across the state. These annual tests contain a broad sampling of traits, seed treatments, maturity ranges and elite germplasm from multiple sources.
"There is no other way to get this data with this degree of high-quality plot management, statistical integrity and timely access to information," says Jim Rouse, executive director of ICIA. "For nearly a century, these trials have helped Iowa farmers conduct their seed selection homework."
Farmers use this information to make seed selection decisions
Growers use the data to make hybrid and variety selection decisions. These tests contain the widest range of options available to growers, making the reports one of the very few places to get head-to-head comparisons of so many different hybrids and varieties.
Rouse notes that the Iowa Crop Performance Tests are backed by an extensive history of performance testing, and the credibility offered by the ICIA, Iowa State University Extension and Iowa State University.
ICIA is the official seed-certifying agency of Iowa and is closely affiliated with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. The mission of ICIA is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. ICIA has provided seed certification services for over 100 years, and crop performance testing services for over 90 years. The association's membership is composed of farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. ICIA is a member of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies, a worldwide network of service organizations dedicated to serving the needs of the global agricultural industry.