Agronomic information such as plant height, lodging, disease occurrence, etc. is listed along with the yield data. Information concerning planting and harvest dates, soil type, and culture and fertilization practices used in each trial is included in footnotes. Since the average yield for several years gives a better indication of a variety's potential than one year's data, multiple-year yield summaries have been included.
In order to have a broad base of information, a number of varieties, including experimental lines, are included in the trials, but this does not imply that all are recommended for Georgia. Varieties best suited to a specific area or for a particular purpose, and agreed upon by College of Agriculture agronomists, are presented in the 1997 Spring Planting Schedule for Georgia (available from your county extension office). Pesticides used for production practices are included for the benefit of the reader and do not imply any endorsement or preferential treatment by the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. For additional information, contact your local county extension agent or the nearest experiment station.
The least significant difference (LSD) at the 10% level has been included in the tables to aid in comparing hybrids. If the yields of any two hybrids differ by the LSD value or more, they may be considered different in yield ability. Bolding is used in the performance tables to indicate hybrids with yields statistically equal to the highest yielding entry in the test. The standard error (Std. Err.) of an entry mean is included at the bottom of each table to provide a general indicator of the level of precision of each experiment. The lower the value of the standard error of the entry mean, the more precise the experiment.
This report is one of four publications presenting the 1997 performance of agronomic crops in Georgia. For more information concerning other crops, refer to one of the following research reports: 1997 Corn Performance Tests (Report 647), 1996-97 Small Grains Performance Tests (Report 646), and 1996-97 Canola Performance Tests (Report 645).
This report, along with performance test information on other crops, is also available at our web site www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/swvt. Additional information may be obtained by writing Dr. Paul L. Raymer, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, University of Georgia, Georgia Station, Griffin, GA 30223-1797.