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Plant Breeding Software or Spreadsheets – a million dollar difference

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…

Statistical Analyses Trapped in Time – And It Could Really Cost You

when I was conducting yield trials as a plant breeder, drought seemed imminent a few months after planting. Rather than lose the entire trial, I requested sprinkler irrigation at the research station. Unfortunately, water pressure to the far end of the station wasn’t ideal, and there wasn’t a perfect fit for one of the pipe connections.