Welcome

“Welcome” is what is written on an old blackboard in our shop at our Waitsburg breeding station. This was written by Michel Debrand (LCS CEO) and Thomas Joliffe (Head of research, Cereals). It was during the summer of 2011. At that time, I was in France, my home country, struggling to get a visa to land in the USA. The building was empty, no LCS team was there, and we barely had a breeding program in the Pacific Northwest. When I look at this same building now, I can see what has been accomplished in such a short period of time. Remaining samples from last year’s harvest are waiting for the last lab results to arrive before being discarded. Our planter is just back from our last spring planting day, and will need a good cleaning and service after having put more than 12 000 plots in the ground since this fall. Jeron Chatelain, my team mate is hooking up the sprayer to apply herbicide on one of our 7 trials locations in the region. Posters of LCS Azimut and LCS Artdeco, the first varieties we are marketing here, are adding a touch of color in our office. No doubt, in less than 2 years, we have built a full size breeding program.