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Iowa Crop Variety Test Publications Guide

This guide provides direct links and pointers for locating variety trials (or performance tests) for specific field crops in Iowa, both past and present. It also provides locations and call numbers for the ISU Library.

 

Published reports of alfalfa variety experiments at the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station are available for 1897-2007 with some gaps and overlap:

Years

Series & Number

Call number & Location

1896

“Crop Report.” Bulletin (Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station) - no. 34.  Includes alfalfa and several other crops.

S542 Io9b – Archives, Library Storage Building, and Media Center (on microfilm)

1910-1916

Hughes, H.D.  “Varieties of Alfalfa Seed.”  The Iowa Agriculturist, v. 18, no. 4, July 1917, pp. 163-165.

S1 Io83 – Archives, Library Storage Building, and Media Center (on microfilm)

1916-1938

Thurman, Floyd. Field Crop Tests on Iowa Farms. M.S. thesis, Iowa State College, 1940.

SB186 T425f - Storage Building and

C O 1940 Thurman - Archives

1926-1929

Croft, J. Calvin.  Alfalfa Varieties and Seed Sources.  M.S. thesis.  Iowa State College, 1932. 

SB205 .A3 C874a - Library Storage Building

1939-1959

Agron. series?

Unable to locate/verify

1940-1955

Some results were published in a series of articles written by C.P. Wilsie in Farm Science Reporter and Iowa Farm Science.

 

1960-2007

AG series, no. 84-*

* = last digit of the year the report was issued – e.g., AG-84-5 was used for trials for 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, etc.

S451 I8 A4x - Archives

The test name varies: Iowa Alfalfa Yield Test Report, Iowa Crop Performance Test – Alfalfa, Iowa Crop Performance Test – Alfalfa and Other Forages.

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