Dear Entrant of the University of Illinois Crop Testing Programs:
The Crop Testing Programs Copyright /Advertising Policy described here has several objectives, including:
- Proper use of the University of Illinois name
- Proper use of the data
- Fairness to all companies
- Reasonable procedures
The advertising policy is designed to encourage use of the data in a fair and uniform manner. Proper reference of the bulletin will be required to accompany any advertisement, with a disclaimer included in the ad.
This information, protected by copyright, is presented under authority granted the University of Illinois to conduct performance trials, including interpretation of data to the public, and does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the University of Illinois. Performance data may be used in the following ways:
- Permission is granted to reproduce the tables in their entirety provided the source is referenced and data are not manipulated or reinterpreted;
- Advertising statements by an individual company about the performance of its entries can be made as long as they are accurate statements about the data as published, with no reference to other companies’ name or cultivars.
For both cases mentioned above the following must be included with the reprint or ad: “See the official University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences bulletin ‘ “CROP” Variety Test Results in Illinois – 2015′, 2015-## for details. Endorsement or recommendation by the University of Illinois is not implied.”
Some examples of possible ads follow.
Example 1: ‘Company’ ‘variety’ had the highest regional yield (60.0 bu/A)* in the 2015 Region 1 trial.
Example 2: ‘Company’ had the #1, 3 & 5 ranked regional yield* among cultivars entered in the 2015 Region 1 trial.
Example 3: ‘Company’ ‘variety’ yielded 60.0 bu/A* in the 2015 Region 1 trial, which is ‘significantly’ better than the trial average of 53.0 bu/A at the 25% L.S.D. level.
[With the following to appear after each such advertising statement:]
*See the official University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences bulletin ‘ “CROP” Variety Test Results in Illinois – 2015’, 2015-## or at the website http://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/. Endorsement or recommendation by the University of Illinois is not implied.
Our goal is to create an environment that will encourage companies to freely enter varieties without fear of negative advertising, this should benefit all involved. Please pass this information on to those promoting your companies’ cultivars. Abuses will result in action to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.
2015 Publication List:
Wheat Performance in Illinois Trials – 2015, 2015-01
Soybean Variety Test Results in Illinois – 2015, 2015-04
Corn Hybrid Test Results in Illinois – 2015, 2015-03