began teaching at Bassano after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree.
Toogood attended the University of Minnesota four years later, earning his Ph.D.
In 1948 he accepted a position with the Soils Department at the University of
Alberta, where he remained until his retirement in 1978.
spent 30 years at the University of Alberta Soil Sciences Department working to
improve agricultural production through research into soil testing and
fertility, erosion control, production systems and agrometeorology. His
outstanding record of activity with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (A.I.A.) began
in 1951 as Treasurer of the Edmonton Branch. In 196768 he held the position of
President of the A.I.A; 1968–69 Past -President; and from 1974–78 he served as
Vice-President of the International Society of Soil Science and Chairman of the
Local Arrangements Committee for the 11th International Society of Soil Science
Congress held in Edmonton in June 1978.
erosion research was the first of its kind in Alberta and several of his
extension bulletins and booklets were landmark publications.
Due to his
foresight, the Breton Soil Fertility Plots, a critical tool used to gauge
long-term agricultural practices on land, were saved from abandonment and
further developed. He was recognized with five professional honours including the
Professional Recognition Award from the A.I.A. in 1974 and a Fellowship in A.I.C.
His contributions were a valuable resource to the Alberta Institute of
Agrologists. On November 11th, 1998, Toogood passed away at the age of 83 years.