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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Kennedy, Alex - 2014
Kennedy, Peter Hugh - 1978
Kilcher, Mark - 2003
Kilden, Marie - 1985
Kimber, Clement James - 1978
Kirk, Lawrence Eldrid - 1973
Kirkland, Kenneth John - 2002
Knott, Douglas Ronald - 1995
Knowles, Robert Patrick - 2006
Knowles, Robert Gordon - 1990
Koch, Alanna Lee - 2011
Kristjanson, Leo Friman - 1990

PortraitRigas Evangelos Karamanos

Rigas Karamanos has worked tirelessly to bring soil fertility information and technologies to farmers in Saskatchewan and beyond.

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Rigas earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at Aristotelian University in that city before earning his MSc (1975) and PhD (1979) in Soil Chemistry and Fertility at the University of Saskatchewan.

Rigas taught soil science at the U of S in the 80s earning accolades from his students including Professor of the Year in ?83. From 1986 to 1989, he served as the Senior Research Agronomist with Esso Chemical Canada and from 1989 to 1994 he was a Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Saskatchewan Soil Testing Laboratory. After SSTL was privatized, he continued his involvement until 1997 as President and General Manager of Enviro-Test Laboratories in Saskatoon. Rigas tirelessly promoted soil testing and nutrient management thereby contributing to sustainable agriculture.

In 1997, Rigas started a new career with Western Cooperative Fertilizer Limited and then Viterra where he conducted countless research projects investigating crop nutrition. In 2013, he became Senior Agronomist with Koch Agronomic Services.

One of his major accomplishments is the implementation of a system known as Fertility Analysis and Recommendations Manager, which utilizes moisture use efficiency rather than yield response functions to provide soil test nutrient recommendations. Rigas was also the mastermind behind VST ? the virtual soil test.

Rigas has done countless research trials on crop nutrition and has served on a long list of professional organizations and committees. He is very well known in the agriculture community through his extensive research and publication work and his wide-ranging extension activities. He has spoken to tens of thousands of growers providing practical, honest advice and has served as a mentor to many agronomists. In 2013, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy.

With a knack for making scientific data understandable, Rigas Karamanos has provided farmers with valuable, practical advice to make their businesses more viable.

Sponsored for induction to the
Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2015 by:
Koch Fertilizer

 

 

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