The Way I see it

A few days ago, field pollination season started for the field corn labs at UW-Madison. At first, it’s out in the field every day at 8 am, next week it will be 7 am, and no one goes home until everything is done. For new grad students, the first summer pollination season can be quite the shock. Last year, in addition to our own nurseries, we had a huge field known as the NAMs (Nested Association Mapping) that made field season seem interminable.

This year I have about 560 rows of plants to manage, which isn’t a lot when you get down to it.

Anyway, this morning, however, I’m up at the crack of dawn to dilute something in the lab before heading out to the field. It has to mix in a shaker for a good two hours before I get out there at the regular time. Many people would be annoyed at leaving the lab at 6 pm only to be back in less than 12 hours later. But this is the way I see it:

It’s not every day that a guy gets to make mutants!

(Muh huh hah ha ha haaa!)


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Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar researching citrus genetics at UC Riverside.

4 thoughts on “The Way I see it”

  1. I don’t know how you even had time to make a blog post! Lab work or field work alone are intense enough, but both at the same time is REALLY wearing me out.


  2. Yeah, I thought that you might be deep in your field season as well. Luckily, our field days have only lasted from 8 to 12…2 pm. Now that the rain has come, it will be 7 am to 5 pm quite soon.
    And can you believe I have a secret project under construction elsewhere? Just trying to get everything else done before the big pollination crunch comes.


  3. Oh, those 6 pm days are coming… just as soon as this uncharacteristically cold summer weather passes.

    With days as long as that, hopefully you’ll be done soon. This is why they pay us the big bucks…*

    *(ha ha ha…)


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