Alan Schlegel Honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sorghum Improvement

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (March 30, 2022)—National Sorghum Producers presented Alan Schlegel, Ph.D., the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sorghum Improvement for providing exemplary service and going beyond expectations in his achievements for the sorghum industry. The award was presented at the Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America, the biennial gathering of the U.S. sorghum research community, March 29 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Schlegel is a professor emeritus at the Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center in Tribune, Kansas, where he served in various capacities for more than 40 years. His research has focused on nutrient and water management research in dryland and irrigated systems and integration of tillage, water and crop management for more efficient cropping systems.

“There is not an individual in the U.S. who has done more work on sorghum cropping systems than Alan,” NSP CEO Tim Lust said. “Sorghum is The Resource Conserving Crop™, and Alan’s work on tillage and fertility management are cornerstones of efforts to promote this aspect of the crop to end-users and anyone interested in promoting agricultural sustainability. National Sorghum Producers is pleased to honor him with this prestigious award.”

Schlegel published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in more than 100 trade and technical publications and 300 experiment station and extension publications. He also served in multiple editorial and board leadership positions throughout his tenure in the research community.

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Sorghum Improvement was first presented in 1961. Recipients include, among others, the forefathers of the modern hybrid sorghum industry. As of today, more than 60 individuals have received this award. Visit to view past award recipients.


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