“Nothing is so strong as gentleness”

…and “nothing so gentle as real strength”. Those words, from St. Francis de Sales, could certainly be used to describe Howard Rines, who passed away after a long illness on May 23rd. Howard is another of those people I met through being a part of the Quaker Oats Consortium in the 1990’s. He was a lovely man, and an excellent scientist. He will be sorely missed by many.

It's "SOO..." good to be back!

It's back! We're resurrecting the “Speaking of Oats...” (“SOO...”) webinar series this month. Duong Nguyen, from CSIRO, will speak to us about “Leveraging molecular tools and data integration to solve the oat crown rust puzzle” on May 15th at 4:30 pm (16:30) EDT (UTC-4). The time is unusual because Duong is in Adelaide, Australia. Registration is now open! Check the time offset for your location here.

Challenges - Part 1

As Oat Newsletter editor, I collect information from multiple sources and disseminate it to the community primarily through Oat Newsletter updates/emails, OatMail, and ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter). The biggest challenge for me comes in how to package that information and get it out to you in a timely manner. As the old saying goes, “it never rains, it pours”, and so this update is in two parts!

Silver and Gold

As we used to sing at summer camp, "Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold." This update begins with two pieces of sad news. First, Romulo Trombetta passed away from brain cancer in May. He was based in Argentina, and worked as an agronomist for the Quaker Oats Company in South America. Romulo was a big part of the Quaker Oats South American Oat Improvement Project for many years.

Fields of dreams

It’s the height of field season for oats in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and it seems that every second tweet I see on Twitter is an invitation to a field day! I retweet many of these, but, unfortunately, the latest changes to the Twitter platform have disabled the widget that displays my tweets and retweets at the bottom of the newsletter homepage. Most of you can access @OatNewsletter on Twitter directly, but it's less convenient, so here’s hoping that the issue will be resolved soon.