Replicated Strip-Trial Program
By Guy D. Collins, Ph.D.
Extension Cotton Agronomist
University of Georgia
Coastal Plains Experiment Station
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Variety Selection is one of the most important decisions a grower can make, as selecting a variety sets the maximum yield potential for a particular field and environment. Improper variety selection cost Georgia producers an average of $88 to $277/A in 2011, depending upon the selection error among the top varieties for Georgia from the primary seed companies. Due to the rapid release of varieties onto the marketplace, it is very difficult to evaluate varieties in a timely manner. With the support of Cotton Inc., The Replicated Strip-Trial Program was initiated to expand onfarm variety testing into greater geographies, in hopes to evaluate variety performance in as many environments as possible in order to provide producers with timely information.