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MN CropCast: Maize translational genomics (that’s corn genes for you and me) with Dr. Candy Hirsch

In this week’s CropCast, David Nicolai and Seth Naeve welcome Dr. Candice (Candy) Hirsch. Dr. Hirsch is a Corn Geneticist in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. She is truly a superstar in a department long known for preeminence in the areas of maize breeding and genetics and has recently been awarded the University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Professorship in Plant Genomics.

While her work is extremely sophisticated and cutting-edge, Candy is focused on helping corn farmers in Minnesota and beyond. In this podcast Candy discusses some of her research projects including studies of kernel integrity and factors affecting food quality that will be highly relatable to listeners. Dr. Hirsch discusses how a big data approach that integrates environmental, genetic, and plant phenotypic data can be used to help solve important problems for producers, exporters, and food manufactures. Candy discusses teaching and graduate education with Seth and Dave. She emphasizes her role in producing the next generation of researchers who will ask the next round of big questions.


What is Minnesota CropCast?

Hosts David Nicolai and Seth Naeve discuss the progress and challenges of Minnesota's agronomic crops in this new podcast. They are joined by a diversity of specialists representing all crops and agronomic disciplines to discuss their research and its impact on future Minnesota crops. Dave Nicolai is a crops Extension educator and Seth Naeve is the Extension soybean agronomist.

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You can subscribe and listen to Minnesota CropCast using one of many popular podcasting apps or directories. Learn more.

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