Ridgetown professor to enter the Ontario Ag Hall of Fame

Dr. Peter Sikkema. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Vanek)

Seven agricultural leaders will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame this year, including Dr. Peter Sikkema from Ridgetown.

Dr. Sikkema is a professor of field crop weed management at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

In a press release from the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (OAHF), the group cited his outstanding contributions to agriculture in the province as a researcher, teacher, and extension agronomist.

“Dr. Sikkema’s research on weed management has impacted many of Ontario’s field crops including corn, soybeans, cereals and edible beans,” said the release. “He is a world leader in the field of surveillance and management of glyphosate and multiple resistant weeds.”

The release also noted that Dr. Sikkema has conducted over 3,000 field experiments, and has published more peer-reviewed manuscripts on field crop agronomy than any professor in the 146-year history of the Ontario Agricultural College.

“Through his work, he has made a major impact on the sustainability of crop production in Ontario, Canada, North America and around the globe,” said the release.

Dr. Sikkema and the six other leaders will be recognized in a virtual induction ceremony on Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was inducted into the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame back in 2019.