Instructional Video for New Variety Selection Tool
The new tool demonstrated by Dr. Ryan Heiniger, NC State University Director of Official Variety Testing Program will offer the ability to examine corn, soybean, and wheat varieties based upon traits, rainfall, planting date, growth habits, maturity, soil type and more. While excellent or top yield is important, it should not be the primary objective. Many of the corn hybrids that have extremely high yield have limited environments where such performance is obtained. Most often the best variety on a farm is one that performs above average consistently.
The tool is relatively easy to use but it also has the power to “dig deep into detail” so to speak for those the learn how to use it. Thus, matching varieties that perform well based upon drought stress related to soil type, early-season vigor, planting date, rainfall patterns, and herbicide traits, for example, is possible.
If you missed the Zoom training session, watch the recorded session on YouTube. While this is a great tool, it will take some time to learn to use it. As you use it, please note any problems or ways to improve to share with Dr. Ryan Heiniger.
A few notes merit discussion as follows;
- This webpage does not reset or clear sorting criteria once closed and most browsers will automatically store such data. One must delete the search criteria before preforming another search. Failure to do so will provide inaccurate results for future searches. As a means to work around this until a feature can be added to clear all selections, simply open the tool in an “incognito mode” For most browsers this can be done by moving the mouse to an open tab and then selecting “Open a New Incognito Tab or Window” from the File menu. If one does this, the browses will not store the previous visit’s search criteria. Open the tool in the “incognito tab or mode” each time you use it.
- The tool has been tested with Chrome and Firefox. Other browsers should work. If you run into a problem with a browser, please let us know.
- Some of the features such as separation by soil CEC, soil pH or soil type will provide limited sorting for now due to limited data entered in these categories. Greater ability to sort will be provided in the future as more data is entered. Having thus said, using “Coastal Plain” results as a sorting feature will provide good information for those with sandier soils while using the “Beaufort” (or other Blackland counties) location will provide data based upon mineral-organic to organic soils.
- In some cases, blanks may show for a specific variety or series of test results. If this is the case, then the search criteria you used has eliminated this variety or data from this particular site or years is simply missing. There is no “error” in this case.
If using the tool is confusing or you need assistance, NC State Extension agents are willing to help. In addition to providing instruction, we can also use your search criteria to create the data. The data can then be emailed directly to you as a document or as a link directly to the results.