Stephen Crittenden, Ph. D.
Research Scientist, Soil Health and Nutrient Management.
Brandon Research and Development Centre,
Science and Technology Branch,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Steve has been a Research Scientist in Soil Health and Nutrient Management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Brandon, MB since 2017. His research aim is to maintain or increase agricultural productivity while ensuring the long-term environmental sustainability of agricultural systems through soil health and soil fertility management. Research currently focuses on improving soil health resilience versus ecosystem trade-offs, soil health in a changing climate, assessing the utility of soil health indicators for corn and soybean, 4R Nutrient Stewardship for P, canola N use efficiency, soil physical quality in innovative grazing systems, and contribution of inherent soil properties to beer flavour. Steve manages the plant and soil nutrient analysis lab at AAFC Brandon, sits on local and regional committees focused on soil management, is the soils lead for the Eastern Prairies Living Laboratory, and is the local champion for the Canada-wide Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative.