Explanation of Statistical Notation

– CV (%) – Coefficient of Variation

Describes a relative measure of overall experimental variability in a test which is useful in comparing test results at different locations and by different cooperators. It is expressed as a % of average yield. Less than 12% for total dry matter yield is thought to indicate a well-controlled test.

– LSD (0.05) – Least Significant Difference

If the difference between two varieties is greater than the LSD value, then it can be stated that the varieties are significantly different 19 out of 20 times.

Table Notation

An asterisk (*) denotes varieties registered for sale in Canada as of January 1, 2002. It may not include some that were entered under a test number and subsequently became registered as a proper name. The date in the title above each table indicates the year of planting.


The financial support of the Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund is gratefully acknowledged, as is the generous donation of land by cooperating farmers. The cooperation of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in sharing drying facilities with other agencies is very much appreciated. Thank you to the trial cooperators (listed underneath each table), their technicians and summer students and to any others that assisted in conducting the trials. Desktop publishing services were provided by Glenridge Graphics, Abbotsford and tables were posted on the website by K1 Marketing Corp., Abbotsford.