Use of Computer Software and an Automated Weight System in a Cotton Breeding Program

C. C. Green


An overview was given describing the use of several software packages along with a digital weight system utilizing barcodes to increase efficiency and accuracy in a cotton breeding program. The system described uses Vartest (1) to generate randomizations, analyze and summarize data, and dBase IV to print fieldbooks, harvest books, and planting, harvest and fiber sample labels. The software package PrintBar II is used in conjunction with dBase IV to generate barcodes for label files. A weight system put together by Almaco is used for recording plot yields, lint percents and gin turns. The weight system includes a digital scale with cable port, the Psion Organizer II a hand-held computer, a miniature printer and a barcode wand. The Psion Organizer II has a snap-on communication unit, the CommsLink to interface the digital scale (hanging or tabletop), the miniature printer for obtaining an immediate hard copy of data as it is being stored to Datapak and the barcode wand used for reading labels. The communication unit is also used for downloading data from the removable Datapaks of the Psion to a desk-top commuter. Also the Psion can be used along with the software package, Notes (2), to record and store plot notes in the field rather than hand recording them in fieldbooks.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pg. 706
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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