Bergen, Dr. Peter - 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Dr. Peter Bergen has played an integral role in the advancement of Alberta's sugar beet industry. Dr. Bergen's research and developmental innovations in sugar beet genetics and agronomics, tailored for Alberta's irrigated conditions, has been one of the key factors in sustaining viable systems of production for Alberta growers. Both a scientist and an extension specialist, Dr. Bergen sought to bridge scientific research and field application to benefit all producers. As the key developer of the mono-germ seed for sugar beets, it was under his guidance that one of the first efforts at growing beets with planting-to-stand and reduced tillage to lower production costs and prevent soil erosion was successful. Growers have been quick to adopt agronomic practices and methods identified and recommended by him. An endless promoter of high quality crop production in an environmentally responsible manner, Dr. Bergen introduced guidelines for fertilizer and pesticide application rates for Alberta growers. As a result, sugar production per acre in Alberta has doubled. A visible advocate for agriculture, Dr. Bergen maintained active memberships in several national and international agricultural organizations. Dr. Bergen received the Distinguished Agrologist Award by the Alberta Institute for Agrologists for his outstanding work with Alberta's sugar beet industry in 1996.

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