Dwayne Rohweder, professor emeritus of agronomy, dies at 91

Dwayne A. Rohweder, a gregarious and esteemed agronomist sought for his expertise on forage and agronomic crops, died on Dec. 8, 2017. He was 91.

Rohweder was known for his effective communication style and the relationships he forged with those he met throughout his life.

Born on Aug. 12, 1926 in Marshalltown, Iowa, Rohweder grew up on a dairy farm outside Green Mountain, Iowa. He received three degrees from Iowa State University, a bachelor’s in agronomy (1948), master’s in Soil Fertility (1956), and PhD in Crop Production/Soil Management (1963). His first job was with the Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service, where he spent time serving as the Area Extension Agronomist for southeast Iowa.

In 1963, Rohweder took a position with UW-Madison Department of Agronomy and University of Wisconsin—Extension as an agronomy specialist in forages. He held the same position until his retirement in 1988, with the exception two years when he served as Agronomist and Chief of Party for the UW – USAID University Development Contract Team at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He obtained full professorship in 1970, trained many graduate students, was vice-chairman of the UW—Extension University Committee, and published over 134 articles in the forage sciences.

Rohweder was the recipient of many awards over the course of his career, including the Fellow Award for the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 1974; the Merit Award from the AFGC in 1975; Distinguished Service Award from UW—Extension in 1976; and the “Second Mile’ award from the Wisconsin County Agricultural Agents Association in 1978. Over the years he continued to be professionally active, serving as editor for the UW-Madison Department of Agronomy’s history book, titled “The First 100 Years.”

Today, CALS students are eligible to receive the Dwayne Rohweder Forage Extension Fund Fellowship, named in his honor.

A visitation was held at Midvale Community Lutheran Church located at 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI 53711 on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 3 – 6 p.m. A funeral worship took place on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. with visitation one our prior. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be given to the Midvale Community Lutheran Church.

To learn more about Rohweder’s life, read the full obituary on the Cress Funeral Home website.

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