Welcome to the UK Soybean Variety Testing Program, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

The Kentucky Soybean Performance Tests are conducted to provide an unbiased and objective estimate of the relative performance of soybean varieties in Kentucky. This information may be used by growers and seed producers to aid in selecting varieties that will give the highest total production in a specific situation. Soybean cultivars are entered by soybean growers, commercial companies, and state and federal institutions.

The soybean variety performance tests are conducted in all major regions of soybean production in Kentucky. 8 test sites are selected every year in these areas. Conventional and genetically engineered soybean varieties within the relative maturity groups 2.0 to 5.9 are accepted. Five tests are planted at each site: varieties in the Maturity Group II (mat. group 2.0-2.9), MG III (3.0-3.9), MG IV Early (4.0-4.5), MG IV Late (4.6-4.9), and MG V (5.0-5.9).  Detailed information is provided within the nomination form.The fee per variety is $504. Preliminary data are posted on this webpage as the varieties in each maturity group are harvested.

2020 Variety Performance Tests - Nomination Form coming soon

The Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Test Program will start accepting entries for the 2020 tests soon. The deadline for submiting entries is March 27th, 2020. The complete form can be emailed (preferred), mailed, or faxed to C. Venard using the contact information provided below.

2020 Nomination Form (PDF) 

Annual publication and archived reports:

Soybean Variety Trials - Archived Reports

Soybean trials - Calendar

To follow our current schedule of activities, please click here: soybean calendar

Current year - 2019 trials results

Preliminary test data in PDF format will be available each year in October and November, when all locations for each maturity group are harvested and analyzed.  Preliminary reports are subject to updates and corrections as needed. 

2019 Kentucky Soybean Variety Trials - Progress Report PR-775, pdf

2019 Kentucky Soybean Variety Trials - Results in Excel format

 Soybean input and yield trials:

The program also offer separate trials. Seed breeders, soybean enhancement product developers, and agronomists interested in these trials should contact C. Venard early to discuss feasibility. The price per plot is $30.


Claire Venard, PhD, CCA
Soybean Research Specialist
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Kentucky 
N-122 Agriculture Science Center North
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Telephone 859-257-2993 (office) / 859-492-1135 (cell)
Fax: 859-323-1952
email: claire.venard@uky.edu