Research

Plant Breeders Aren’t Robots, They’re Human

Each year, I spend several weeks analyzing data, navigating back and forth between Excel sheets and plugging in data. I have about a two-week window when this is all I do. I stop only to sleep and eat … and my family, well, they don’t see much of me during that time of year. That …

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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 …

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

I am often asked how I ended up starting a software company for plant breeding. The quick answer I give is “an interview and a flight”. 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 …

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