pcGRIN is a stand-alone version of the GRIN database that contains data for individual crops. You can download data to your local PC and then search the databases offline.
The pcGRIN data structures and program were updated as of October, 1998. The changes include enhancements to the search capabilities as well as additional data for each accession. This version is not compatible with the older style datasets. If you ha
ve a previous version of pcGRIN installed (pre Oct., 1998) you should remove it and any datasets and install new software and crop datasets.
pcGRIN was developed for an IBM-compatible PC-DOS environment and requires a 386 or better (486 or better recommended) computer capable of running DOS programs with 640 K RAM minimum and a hard drive large enough to hold the desired crops. Smaller cro
ps require 10 Mb, larger crops like WHEAT or SOYBEAN can require 80 Mb or more of disk space. The files on the web site are compressed so you can estimate at least a 5X increase after installation. pcGRIN has been tested in the MS-DOS, PC-DOS, Microsoft W
indows 3.1, 95, 98, and NT 4 using the DOS prompt, and OS/2 operating systems. The pcGRIN user guide lists tips for running under Windows and OS/2 operating systems.
In this version of pcGRIN the software and crop datasets are installed separately. You need to install a copy of the query software and then whatever crops you are interested in. Installation instructions are provided here.
The user guide is available online or you can download a copy and
browse it locally on your PC. To view the manual online point your web
If you wish to download the user guide and browse it locally on your PC then download manual.exe . This file is a self-extracting zip file, extract it by typing its name at a DOS prom
pt or executing the file through the run file command in windows. Once extracted the documentation can be viewed by pointing your web browser to the file index.htm.