Agronomix Software Inc.

For over 20 years Agronomix Software has developed software to help plant breeders, crop breeders and agronomists increase their yields and the productivity of their research.

Company details

171 Waterloo Street , Winnipeg , R3N 0S4 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Software vendor
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Agriculture Science and Research
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

AGROBASE Generation II® is designed with our clients' needs at the forefront. We understand how important your research is to you and have developed a solid and reliable system to help you succeed in your research while maintaining a competitive advantage and realizing a return on your investment. If you are a plant breeder, for example, this means an increase in the probability of developing and releasing a royalty-paying variety or hybrid. Meeting our clients' latest needs forms the foundation of our continuous software development. Every new version contains improvements based on the requirements of real researchers worldwide.

The current version of AGROBASE Generation II® has been adopted by Seed Companies, Government Institutions and Academic Centres in over 40 countries. Agronomists and breeders working with small grains, maize, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, groundnuts, potatoes, canola, cotton, forages, vegetables, flowers, oil palm, and other crops are among our clientelle. The software is also well adapted to variety testing programs. AGROBASE Generation II is a relational software system which utilizes Microsoft® SQL-Server or SQL-Express and can run over Citrix® or VPN connections.

We develop, market, and support software solutions for plant breeders and agronomists around the world. We are committed to supporting our clients in managing and utilizing their research data to maximize the return on their investment in research and software.

Agronomix Software Inc. was founded by Dr Dieter Mulitze, the president and CEO. Dr Mulitze’s career in software development began with studies in mathematics and computer science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. After a year, Dr Mulitze transferred to the University of Guelph into the agriculture program, graduating in 1977. While an undergraduate and graduate, he wrote and maintained the Wheat Database Management System (WDBMS) in PL/I on an IBM mainframe for the wheat breeding program of the university’s Crop Science department.

In the early 1980’s, Dieter was a programmer for the Crop Science Department, University of Saskatchewan, where he developed the Crop Database Management System (CDMS) in Basic+2 on the DEC 2050 mini-frame computer. During that time, Dieter was enrolled in the department’s PhD program, where he completed a doctorate in quantitative genetics. His research project was on estimating the number of genes in quantitative traits. The research involved developing software in FORTRAN for the simulation of genetic populations. Dieter was awarded the PhD in October 1983, with papers subsequently published in the Crop Science and Theoretical and Applied Genetics journals.

From 1984-86, Dieter completed a post-doc in the cereal breeding program at ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, a CGIAR centre), based in Aleppo, Syria. This posting provided a lot of exposure to plant breeding programs in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond, as well as the needs of database management for multi-location nursery and yield trials data.

From 1986-1990, Dr Mulitze was appointed assistant and then associate professor with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA. While on faculty, Dieter was a cereal breeder for MIAC (Mid-America International Agricultural Consortium) based at the INRA Aridoculture Centre in Settat, Morocco. Dr Mulitze was involved in wheat and some barley breeding, and during those years began to see the need for a PC-based software package for plant breeders. Dr Mulitze also developed a strong interest in the nearest-neighbors analysis of yield trials, which has led to papers published in the American Statistician and Crop Science journals.

In 1990, Dieter moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, to incorporate Agronomix Software. Drawing on his experience in developing plant breeding software since the 1970s and working as a plant breeder, Dieter released the first version of “AGROBASE” in 1990 in MS-DOS®. In 1995, the first Windows version of AGROBASE (AGROBASE “Generation I”) was released, and soon a LAN version. As the client base grew, Dieter began to hire more staff, especially programmers, and in 1997 moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the current headquarters for the company. In June 2001, AGROBASE Generation II®, a fully relational software system, was released. In August 2009, a more powerful version was released, using MS-SQL Server® as the back-end database. The growing client base from seed companies, government research centers, and universities in over 40 countries continues to encourage all the staff at Agronomix Software. Dr Mulitze has had the privilege of conducting private and regional training courses for AGROBASE since 1990, in Canada, the US, South America, Australia and New Zealand, the UK, Europe, Africa, India, and Asia.