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Tom King

Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

Born in High River, Alberta and grew up in Okotoks, Alberta. Came to Saskatoon in 1991 to pursue a B.S.A. in Agronomy. Then proceeded to complete a B.Comm degree. Came back in 2001 to do my Masters of Agriculture (M.Agr.) under Dr. Jeff Schoenau in the Dept. of Soil Science at the U of S. I examined the effects of manure application on soil carbon, light fraction carbon and soil enzymes. I decided to pursue my PhD in soil science. My PhD project studied nitrogen and phosphorus mobility and transport in soil that has received repeated applications of animal manure, specifically looking at the soil and crop effects under differing application methodologies and rates of subsurface injection of solid cattle manure and liquid hog manure in long-term and short-term manured soil.

 

While pursuing my PhD, or in my as I call it the ‘PRE’-Post-Doc period, I was involved in a sulfur study examining the effects of different types of S fertilizers with and without the addition of phosphorus fertilizer on wheat, canola and pea nutrient uptakes and yields. Then during my actual Post-Doc period, I was involved in studying the effects of subsoiling a Chernozemic and Solonetzic soil and what effect this had on selected soil physical properties and wheat, canola and pea crop yields over a three-year period. At the same time, I was studying the effects of imposing vertical tillage in a Chernozemic soil would have on soil physical properties and crop yields over a three-year period. In the last year and a half, before I came over to Northland Agronomy-Western AG, I was examining the effect of different types, blends and rates of seed-row placed nitrogen fertilizers on emergence, yields and nutrient uptakes in Saskatchewan pulse crops including: peas, soybeans, lentils, chickpeas and black beans.  

 

I currently serve as the President on the Saskatoon Branch Executive for the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. I enjoy BBQ, Original 16, target shooting, hunting, reading and watching war documentaries.