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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Keller, Wilfred Arthur (Wilf) - 2017
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

PortraitKenneth John Kirkland

Crop scientist Ken Kirkland gained the attention and high regard of prairie farmers and other agriculturists through his research and extension work, especially in weed control. Born November 22, 1939 , he grew up on a farm near Star City . He obtained his BSA at the University of Saskatchewan in 1971 and his Master's degree in continuing education in 1972.

His first professional post was as Professor of Crop Science and Joint Appointee in Extension at the University of Saskatchewan , a position he held from 1972-78. He was responsible for the extension activities of the Department of Plant Science and here he honed his skills in dealing with farmers, students and the general public.

He moved to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 1978 and served as Superintendent of the Scott Experimental Farm. In 1996 he became research manager of the Scott and Melfort research farms until his retirement in 2000. His role then became interprovincial, supporting extension agencies, producer groups and the agricultural industry across the Prairies. His contacts and research gave him insight into the needs of crop producers in weed control. His skill at dealing with the press made Ken one of the most frequently quoted of the weed scientists.

Ken has an impressive record of research productivity aimed at addressing demonstrated needs of Prairie farmers. He discovered that late fall surface application of herbicides would control surface germinating weeds such as wild oats and others without the expense of soil incorporation. Estimated savings to farmers were $115 million per year. He noted that for some herbicides there were cost savings and better weed control by using less water in the herbicide mix. His work was important in developing herbicide tolerant crops, with herbicide tolerant seed soon becoming more than 70 percent of all canola grown.

His research pointed the way to changes in Canada thistle control now adopted by a majority of grain farmers. The advantage of canola seeding in early spring was a Kirkland discovery widely used by farmers across the Prairies. Value of late fall seeding of canola, also demonstrated by Kirkland , is gaining popularity. He observed that planting herbicide tolerant crops has benefits in soil conservation.

Working with expert committees at the provincial, regional and international levels he helped develop guidelines for weed control and herbicide use. He is consulted by a broad spectrum of scientists and industry representatives on all aspects of weed management.

He has been consulted by the World Bank concerning a program for Russian agriculture and has frequently hosted international delegations seeking information on weed control.

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