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Warren, William John Finley - 1973
Webster, Alexander James - 2001
Wesson, John Henry - 1973
Wheeler, Seager - 1972
White, William James - 1991
Whitehead, James - 1984
Whiting, Clifford Henry - 1992
Wildeman, Bradley Allan - 2008
Williams, Charles Melville "Red" - 1996
Williams, Sara E. - 2013
Williamson, Lily Campbell - 2007
Willmott, John Carman - 2005

PortraitWilliam James White

Research, teaching, public service and extension were all fields in which William White provided outstanding service in Saskatchewan.

He was born December 18, 1908, on a farm at Ruddell. He obtained his bachelorís and masterís degrees in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota, specializing in plant breeding and genetics.

He started with the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture in 1934 as agricultural promoter. In 1935 he moved to the federal service, with the Dominion Forage Crops Laboratory in Saskatoon, serving 17 years as head. He was appointed head of the crop science department, University of Saskatchewan in 1958. In 1985 he became dean of agriculture, a post he held until retirement in 1974.

Throughout his career, despite his heavy administrative load, he conducted research that led to many benefits to the Saskatchewan farmer. His early work was with alfalfa breeding, on the role of tripping and cross-pollination in seed setting. He is credited with introducing rapeseed growing in this province for industrial use and, later, recognized its potential as an edible oil. As the first North American rapeseed breeder he produced the improved varieties, Golden and Nugget.

William Whiteís studies of coumarin in sweet clover formed the basis for later, successful production of coumarin-free sweet clover, thus solving an animal feeding problem. His research on methods of growing and combine harvesting of sunflowers contributed to the production of that crop on a substantial acreage, particularly in Manitoba. He crossed wheat with wheat grasses and this pioneering work enabled later plant breeders to transfer wheat stem rust resistance to wheat from a wheatgrass.

In recognition of his outstanding work he was named an honorary life member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association in 1961, Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, 1963, and recipient of the University of Minnesota outstanding achievement award, 1986. The Senate of the University of Saskatchewan established a William J. White chair in the crop science department to which distinguished faculty members are named.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1991
by the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association, Saskatchewan Institute
of Agrologists, Department of Plant Science and Plant Ecology,
College of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan."

 

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