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Agronomy Journal Abstract - Centennial Papers

Beachell and Borlaug, Two Giants of the American Society of Agronomy's First Century


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  1. Vol. 99 No. 3, p. 595-598
    Received: Jan 2, 2007

    * Corresponding author(s): mmilford@suddenlink.net
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  1. Murray H. Milford * and
  2. E. C. A. Runge
  1. Dep. of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843-2474


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Agronomy, it is appropriate that recognition be given to two men: Henry M. Beachell, internationally recognized and most long-lived 73-yr member, until his death in December 2006; and to Norman E. Borlaug, who without doubt, is the most widely acclaimed of the Society's members. Both men had scientific accomplishments that were crucial to the Green Revolutions associated with the production of rice (Oryza sativa L.) (Beachell) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) (Borlaug). Their professional careers have much in common and their interactions with each other had significant impact on the careers of both. The purposes of this paper are to gain insight into their thinking and to highlight the accomplishments that make them the most well-known agronomists of the Society's first 100 yr.

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