March 25, 2014 would have been Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday. For those of you who don’t know exactly who Dr. Borlaug is, this blog is for you.
The LCS Hard Red Winter Wheat breeding program in Wichita went viral, both physically and literately! John Fellers, USDA ARS Molecular Biologist at Manhattan, showed us how to make wheat sick with wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV).
My recent travels for work took me to Italy for the annual ACL meeting with the Limagrain Group. I’m always fascinated when attending ACL because I meet great people and commiserate with colleagues, like green bean breeders from Wisconsin and Japanese tomato breeders.
January finds me in Indiana at the greenhouse making crosses. This is my absolute favorite part of my job as a breeder. Generating the new crosses that will eventually be in the hands of farmers is exciting!
Making successful pollinations, and thus generating new F1 seed, requires a lot of things but most importantly is good timing.
If you have passed by the Wichita Research Station this November you may have seen me crouching with my face to the ground. Do not worry, I am not hurt, this is part of the job. This year Limagrain has started to look at some agronomy questions and that is just me collecting results.
Working for an international seed company, I occasionally get the opportunity to travel. Well, to be honest, it’s slightly more than occasionally – though I do have colleagues who travel more. And yes, I’m both thankful and jealous of that at the same time. Regardless of the frequency, I think we can all agree that air travel isn’t the glamorous adventure it once was.
Well, a new airport for Wichita, the self-proclaimed “Air Capital of the World,” might do something to restore that image for me.
LCS has a new Hard Red Winter Wheat variety. LCH08-80 has been released and named LCS Wizard. I'd like to tell you a few things about it.
The super moon of June 22 and 23 was indeed a harvest moon for much of Oklahoma and Kansas. Harvest crews have been hard at work this past weekend, including my LCS harvest crew.
We have been doing a lot of different things during the month of May. We held our Field Day on the 15th, had several international visitors, and hosted our fellow LCS breeder crews during our internal LCS breeders meeting. All of this combined with our regular research work.
Dr. Marla Barnett, hard red winter Wheat Breeder, shows off a few of her popular wheat varieties and a few other wheat varieties in trial plots down in Enid, Oklahoma.