Arnel R. Hallauer
Department of Agronomy Iowa State University
Hallauer-a man who can look back on a career full of progress in quantitative genetics, breeding methodology, and corn germplasm improvement-began his work in agronomy when he was 14 years old. Lloyd Tatum, a corn breeder from Kansas State University, came through Hallauer's hometown in 1946 looking for someone to harvest his experimental corn plots. Hallauer took the job for 35 cents an hour and was thrilled with his "big money." (He could buy two scoops of ice cream for 5 cents at the time, and a hair cut cost only a quarter.) Hallauer harvested for Tatum every fall and planted every spring while he was in high school. He spent his summers detassling for the Kansas Crop Improvement Association. In 1950, when Hallauer graduated from high school, Tatum encouraged him to come to Kansas State. Hallauer packed his only suitcase and hitchhiked to college with the $550 he had saved. He majored in plant science, worked all four years for the cooperative federal-state maize-breeding project, and graduated with honors in 1954. He left Kansas State with $300 in the bank, proud that he had never borrowed any money.