- Date authorized by Southern
Experiment Station Directors: May 18, 1983
- Organizational Meeting:
February 27-28, 1984, Atlanta, Georgia
- First Chairman: Dr. Daryl
Bowman, North Carolina State University
- First Secretary: Dr. Doyce
Graham, Jr., Clemson University
- First Administrative Advisor:
Dr. Ken Tipton, Louisiana State University (1983-1996)
Individuals responsible for variety
testing programs from all agricultural experiment stations and commercial industry.
- Determine status of crop variety
testing programs in the Southern region.
- Determine area(s) where a cooperative
effort would enhance overall crop variety evaluation programs.
- Develop innovative and improved
procedures and techniques for conducting crop variety evaluation and data
generation leading to variety recommendation of crops in the Southern Region.
(This statement was included in the
1983 request to establish the exchange group.)
Evaluation of crop varieties is a major activity in all state agricultural
experiment stations. While this is often considered unattractive research because
it does not generate technical publications, we all recognize the tremendous
importance of an effective variety testing program. The need for effective variety
testing programs will continue to escalate because of farther developments and
improvements in crop varieties. Also, the increased availability and use of
computers provides opportunities for other innovative approaches to handling
and processing data and providing recommendations on a prescription basis. After
the initial meeting, the participants can decide the future course of activities.
1985 - Private sector companies
were invited to participate with public sector counterparts.
1989 - Directory of variety testing personnel was developed.
1990 - Standard varieties are recommended annually by IEG for soybean and corn
1993 - Service awards were adopted. Criteria for awards are as follows:
- Outgoing and incoming meeting
co-chairs will serve as the awards committee.
- One award will be authorized each
year, with public and private sector members being eligible in alternate years.
- Nominations are solicited from
active members (those attending last 3 years).
- Nominations consist of a brief
written statement by nominator outlining nominee's service.
- Letters of nominations circulated
among committee and they will select recipients by concensus.
- Plaques will be presented during
the annual meetings.
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