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R. C. Frohberg Endowment

A program of excellence for integrated crop production, research and education

Department of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture

North Dakota State University

About the Endowment

The fund is committed to enhancing spring wheat value for producers and the spring wheat industry in North Dakota.  It will provide a source for maintaining and enhancing research in developing new spring wheat varieties.

 

Richard C. FrohbergAbout R. C. Frohberg

Dr. R. C. Frohberg joined the faculty at North Dakota State University in 1964 and served as NDSU's hard red spring wheat breeder for 37 years. He was only the third spring wheat breeder in NDSU's history. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University, and a Master of Science and PhD from Iowa State University in 1963 and 1964, respectively. Following his retirement in 2002, Dr. Frohberg was named Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Frohberg was chosen as the honoree of this endowment due to his long-term success as Hard Red Spring Wheat Breeder at NDSU and the widespread acceptance of his varieties.  Through his work at NDSU, Dr. Frohberg and his associates released 27 spring wheat varieties, some of which include Stoa, Grandin, Butte, Butte 86, Coteau, Len, Parshall, Reeder, Waldron and Alsen.  Those varieties dominated North Dakota's spring wheat production and some had significant acreage in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.  In an average year during his professional career, eight to nine million acres of North Dakota farmland were planted to hard red spring wheat, which generated millions of dollars of income.  Generally, 80% to 90% of the acreage was planted to varieties released from Dr. Froherg's program.  A major accomplishment of Dr. Frohberg was the release of 'Alsen', the first spring wheat with scab resistance and high quality.  His ability and foresight were demonstrated with Alsen's release since the original cross was made in 1987, six years before the scab endemic that caused such hardship to North Dakota.  The increased value to North Dakota producers of Alsen compared to the next best variety was estimated at 100 million dollars annually for several years. 

 

How You Can Help

The R. C. Frohberg Endowment is open to additional donations.  For more information about the endowment, or to learn how to make a donation, contact the NDSU Development Foundation at (701) 231-8971 or e-mail Eileen.Buringrud@ndsu.edu.

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