Plant Breeding Software or Spreadsheets – a million dollar difference

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There are seed companies where the seed multiplication, sales and marketing staff use expensive and very current software. Meanwhile the breeders in the same company are still primarily using spreadsheets.  Think about it – the breeders who develop the hybrids and varieties that determine the rest of the “revenue pipeline” on which the company depends … Read more Plant Breeding Software or Spreadsheets – a million dollar difference

Who is the Most Important Person in Your Company?

Have you ever met a CEO or company president that feels he or she is of celebrity status? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon these days. We live in a celebrity-centric world, where emphasis is put on what and how many events you attend, how many hands you shake, and the number of followers one has accumulated on social media.

Are You Losing 2.5 Weeks of Work?

We all know that plant breeding is a numbers game. Twenty years ago, a plant breeder would make as many crosses as possible, from hundreds to even thousands. As more crosses were made, so did the odds for success. While that notion still holds true, breeders are limited or empowered by their ability to work with these … Read more Are You Losing 2.5 Weeks of Work?

How a Three-Minute Interview and Flight 155 Became Pivotal Career Moments

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Dieter Mulitze PhD, Founder and CEO, Agronomix

I am often asked how I ended up starting a software company for plant breeding. Honestly, it was never my plan even for a second, and looking back I can identify the critical moments. When we do such reflection, we can be surprised by what we see, and better still, learn to identify such pivotal moments or events for our future. Here’s my story, even if it seems somewhat unbelievable.

I grew up on a dairy farm in eastern Ontario, so “agriculture was in my DNA.” My university career started at the University of Waterloo in mathematics and computer science, but a year later I switched to the University of Guelph into Crop Science. Back to my roots, you might say. After my second year I again needed a summer job and decided to visit the professors in Crop Science to see if there were any summer positions.

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