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.

2019 Variety Performance Tests - Nomination Form

The Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Test Program is currently accepting entries for the 2019 tests. The deadline for submiting entries is March 29th, 2019. The complete form can be emailed (preferred), mailed, or faxed to C. Venard using the contact information provided below.

2019 Nomination Form (PDF)

Annual publication and archived reports:

The 2018 report is available here: PR-758 

Soybean Variety Trials - Archived Reports

Soybean trials - Calendar

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

Current year preliminary test 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. 

Current yield data  - 2018 tables (excel file)

(2018 Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests - report in preparation)

 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.

Soybean Listserv sign up form

Would you like to receive an email alert when this data is available?  Click on this link to access the sign up form. You will receive four emails as various maturity group data becomes available.


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