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Welcome to the Official Colorado Variety Testing Program!

Crop Variety Performance Trials are conducted by Colorado State University’s Crops Testing Program to provide unbiased and reliable information to Colorado crop producers to help them make better variety decisions. Each crop in our program has a page where the most recent trial information can be found. Technical reports are available for each crop page. Use the navigation menu above to reach all information about a specific crop.

Recent Trial Results & Site Updates

Recent Crop Publications

2019 Wheat Field Day Report (2018 Trial Results, Making Better Decisions) 

2018 Spring Crop Report (individual location results for corn, sunflower, dry bean, forage and grain sorghum trials)

Current Research

In addition to our crop variety performance trials, the Crops Testing Program conducts relevant and cooperative research on common crops grown in eastern Colorado. This research is done with funding from crop commodity groups, private seed companies, and other grants.

We currently have a PhD graduate student, Roger Tyler, whose primary research objective is to understand how modern winter wheat varieties grown in Colorado respond to specific environmental conditions which impact quality and yield. To accomplish this he has designed, built and installed weather stations at all of our dryland wheat variety trial locations to collect environmental data at the field. The data is uploaded to the cloud where it can be accessed to see real-time weather conditions at most of our trial locations. Using weather, soil, and fertility data together with yield and quality data we hope to develop another tool to make more specific variety recommendations for dryland wheat farmers in Colorado.

Other exciting winter wheat research we are conducting is a soil fertility (nitrogen and sulfur) study in dryland winter wheat on three different varieties at ten locations in eastern Colorado (grant funded). We are also doing a  proprietary research study on the effects of microorganism wheat seed treatments at different soil fertility levels as a collaborative effort with Indigo Ag.

We have field sorghum research which focuses on the effects of four nitrogen fertilizer rates on four different hybrids under dryland production conditions.  This research is supported by the National Sorghum Checkoff and the Colorado Sorghum producers.

Our Team

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson is a Professor and Extension Specialist for crop production and since 1995, has been the leader of the Crops Testing Program at Colorado State University in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

He obtained his B.S. from U.C. Davis and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University where he studied crop variety testing. The Crops Testing Program currently conducts on-farm and small-plot variety trials on sorghum, winter wheat, dry beans, sunflower, proso millet, irrigated and dryland corn, and oilseeds for biodiesel (canola, Indian brown mustard, and camelina).

He also worked for over 12 years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, doing food crop research and extension, and developing famine early warning systems in Benin, Mali, Cameroon, and Chad.

Dr. Jerry Johnson
Professor and Extension Specialist – Crop Production
1170 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 630-9259 cell (preferred)
(970) 491-1454 office
jerry.johnson@colostate.edu

 

 

Sally Jones-Diamond

Sally is a Research Associate for the Crops Testing Program who first joined the program in 2010 as a graduate research assistant, and then as a Research Associate after finishing graduate school in 2012.  She handles all variety trial entries and works with fellow researchers, seed companies, and commodity group representatives.  She also sets up trials, helps with planting and harvest, collects trial data, plans field days, manages and analyzes harvest data, and helps publish crop reports.

Sally earned her M.S. degree in Soil and Crop Sciences in 2012 from CSU where she studied agronomic factors that affect grain sorghum yield and maturity in Northeast Colorado. She obtained her B.S. in Soil and Crop Sciences from CSU in 2009. Sally grew up in eastern Colorado and decided to study agronomy after working as a research intern for a seed company.  She currently works out of the Extension Office in Akron, CO and is happy to be back in eastern CO after living on the Front Range for 13 years.

Sally Jones-Diamond
Research Agronomist
CSU Extension Office
181 Birch Ave
Akron, CO 80720
(970) 214-4611
sally.jones@colostate.edu

Ed Asfeld 

Ed Asfeld joined CSU’s Crops Testing Program as a Research Associate in 2015. He plants and harvests multiple crop variety trials across eastern Colorado, including trials of wheat, corn, sunflower, grain sorghum, and oilseeds. He also repairs, builds, and maintains equipment, machinery, and vehicles that are used in the program. As the principal field person for the Crops Testing Program, Ed works with graduate students, Cooperative Extension agents, Research Station personnel, and staff at CSU and other universities. He also collaborates with area farmers, scientists, government representatives, and crop commodity groups.

Ed grew up on a farm and graduated from high school in a small West-Central Minnesota town. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1990. After graduation he worked in Wisconsin for a year as a crop consultant, and then farmed full-time while doing custom combining until 2002. Ed was a retail agronomist with Farmers Co-op of Wilmot in South Dakota until 2010, when he and his family moved to Colorado and he worked at Sterling as a manager and retail agronomist. Ed has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 2004.

Ed Asfeld
Research Associate
Central Great Plains Research Station
40335 Co. Rd. GG
Akron, CO 80720
(970) 554-0980
ed.asfeld@colostate.edu

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