Head-to-head comparisons show how our varieties perform in the same trial, in the same harvest year
Better Data: Better Decisions
When PICKSEED says that Vision alfalfa yields 112% of the checks in Canada trials, we can show you the location of all the trials that make up this data.
Interpreting PICKSEED Yield Information:
We report trial results for one variety compared to another, we show all the trials in which the varieties appear together in the same trial. Make sure to compare varieties that appear in the same trials and harvest years, in other words – true head-to-head comparisons. Varieties from different data tables may be grown under different yearly conditions and against different check varieties, both of which will affect performance indices.
Helping You Make More Milk
PICKSEED conducts forage quality sampling and has samples analyzed by a third part accredited lab. This demonstrates both the yield and quality advantages, which combined will produce more milk.
Forage Testing Q & A
How can we compare the way data is presented by PICKSEED and by other testing organizations? Some other reports show only a list of varieties and a yield performance index for each. The indices for any two varieties may be calculated based on data from different years, different locations, different number of cuts and even compared to different checks. With respect to the alfalfa variety yield index, the table on this page highlights important differences.
How Can You Compare Varieties?
You cannot reliably compare varieties using the index system used in many publications. You need head-to-head comparisons, such as we show you here.