What I would do differently Dave Christensen
INBRED LINES: When creating inbred lines to improve a population, it is not efficient to inbreed for seven to ten generations. With a large staff and lots of resources you can do more on a large scale. But on a smaller scale, more could have been accomplished by inbreeding for three generations and then starting again with new parents. Most of the bad genes are discovered and eliminated in the first three generations anyway. Also, you can run any good line into the ground by inbreeding too many times.
CHOOSING A TESTER: There were some disadvantages of u
CROSSBREEDING: When crossing a very slow maturing line with a fast maturing line, you must plant one of the lines at staggered dates so that some of them will flower at the same time. Sometimes there were less than a dozen plants that would match. I wish I was able to plant a lot more pollen parents so there would be more plants to choose from.
BINDWEED MANAGEMENT: If there is bindweed in the field, you must rotate every year and plant a tall grass that will shade out the bindweed.