Dr. Cynthia Grant worked as a soil scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre in Manitoba from the time she received her Ph. D. in Soil Chemistry from the University of Manitoba in 1986 until her retirement early in 2015. Her research and extension activities dealt with integrated management strategies for improved fertilizer use efficiency in cereals and oilseeds in varying environments and cropping systems across the prairies. Her focus has been on agronomic and nutrient management research that results in economically and environmentally sustainable farming practices. Cooperative studies addressed prediction of nutrient availability as affected by management and the interaction of nutrient supply and crop management practices with crop diseases, weed competition and soil microbial activity. She has had a particular interest in improving nutrient management practices for reduced tillage systems. Dr. Grant’s research also examined agronomic and fertilizer management practices to improve crop quality, through increased nutrient content, reduced heavy metal accumulation, enhanced protein content or improved fatty acid profiles.
Dr. Grant has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and more than 25 chapters, books and other scientific publications. She has also been active is communicating her research to both the agricultural community and the general public, with over 200 technology transfer articles and over 300 proceedings and abstracts, as well as a number of encyclopedia articles. She has served as president of both the Canadian Society of Soil Science and the Canadian Society of Agronomy and is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Canadian Society of Agronomy and Canadian Society of Soil Science. She has also received a number of awards for her work, including non-Farmer of the Year from the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers’ Association, Golden Harvest Awards from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for career achievement and for innovation, collaboration and service as a member of the crop management team, a Certificate of Merit from the University of Manitoba as an outstanding graduate, a distinguished agronomist award from Canadian Society of Agronomy, the first Fertilizer Institute Round Table Award for achievements in research, extension and/or education in fertilizer technology and the International Plant Nutrition Institute Research Award for contributions to increased productivity and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Cynthia Grant grew up in Minnedosa and maintains her ties to rural Manitoba, living north of that town with her husband on their family farm.