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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.

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…

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. 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…