Valuating big data provided by crop trials

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Crop scientists spend much of their time and resources on field trials, growing and measuring crop plants. But these expensive data are often used only once and then forgotten. A review by Brown et al. identifies a number of constraints, including heterogeneous data formats and a lack of standardized methods across trials. They outline how new methods could help data synthesis and gain new insights about patterns of variety suitability and interactions with growing environments.