Nov-03-17 By IdeaConnection
For the world to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise significantly, perhaps even double what it is now. One potential hurdle is that we're running out of cropland - land needed to grow crops. Other obstacles include climate change, limited growing conditions, and water scarcity.
To help generate the maximum yield from crops corn breeders develop experimental hybrids by finding the best combination of genes that result in high yielding hybrids. These are tested in diverse locations and their performance measured, but there is a limited number of locations breeders can test.This results in fewer observations which means there can be uncertainty when selecting new hybrids.
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