Dr. Albert H. Probst was born on a farm near Lawrenceburg, IN and received his B.S.A, M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue. He began his career at Purdue May 1, 1936 and at the time of his retirement held the rank of research agronomist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S.D.A , and professor of Agronomy. During his 35 years of research, he provided leadership in the development and release of 30 varieties of soybeans, now the second most important crop in Indiana agriculture. Indiana’s soybean yield has increased from 14 bushels an acre in 1936 to a record 32 bushels last year. In addition to varietal development, his research made major contributions to soybean quality, breeding, genetics, and production. Probst is author or co-author of more than 100 technical and popular publications.
Probst holds the Indiana Crop Improvement Association’s Soils and Crops Merit Award and honorary life membership in the American Soybean Association. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and is a member of Sigma Xi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Ceres.