WD0EGC Featured in Agweek

R. Jay Goos, WD0EGC—one of the instructors in RRRA’s Education program—is profiled in two recent Agweek articles focusing on his 40 year career at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and upcoming retirement:

Goos’ distinguished career at NDSU started in 1980 after he completed his doctorate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. “Until 2005, Goos was primarily in research but taught one course in soil fertility. When three professors retired suddenly, Goos took over the Introduction to Soil Science class. Goos is the only professor in the NDSU College of Agriculture to win the Senior Career Teaching Award twice—20 years apart.” 1

During his career Goos worked on fertilizer issues for a variety of crops but, according to Agweek, is most known for his work on iron-deficiency chlorosis (“IDC”).

Goos is an active member of Red River Radio Amateurs club and teaches their Technician level amateur radio license test preparation class. He holds an Amateur Extra Class radio license and the FCC call-sign WD0EGC.

World soy chlorosis expert prepares to hang up lab coat

R. Jay Goos is about to leave the building.

After 40 years as a soil science professor and researcher at the North Dakota State University, Goos will retire later this year as a land grant university professor with a full career that includes helping farmers tackle some of their biggest production problems.

Goos was recruited to South Dakota State University, where his father’s friend, Duane Acker, was dean of agriculture. (Acker went on to become president of Kansas State University, and assistant secretary of agriculture for science and education.) At SDSU, Jay studied mechanized agriculture and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976, his master’s degree in 1978. 1

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40 years of accomplishments

What does a university professor accomplish across a 40-year career? Besides his world-renowned efforts in iron deficiency chlorosis, R. Jay Goos at has worked in these other areas at North Dakota State University:


… Goos and colleagues came up with nitrogen and water management recommendations to counter [the phenomenon of “saline seeps” in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.]


… For farmers in the Upper Great Plains, Goos and colleagues verified that chloride would reduce root diseases by applying potassium chloride, compared to delivering the potassium as potassium sulfate.


… Goos linked plant tiller development stages on phosphorus studies to compare the effects of starter fertilizer and seed inoculants.


Goos studied and proved the effects of fertilizer additives to reduce the loss of fall-applied nitrogen over winters, especially in winters with heavy snowfall.


… Goos developed a simple chemical test for ureides, to determine if fixation is adequate for soybean growth. 2

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  1. “World soy chlorosis expert prepares to hang up lab coat”, Agweek, retrieved April 19 2013, https://www.agweek.com/business/4998241-World-soy-chlorosis-expert-prepares-to-hang-up-lab-coat↩︎ ↩︎

  2. " 40 years of accomplishments", Agweek, retrieved April 19 2020, https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/5035585-40-years-of-accomplishments↩︎