I came to NWROC in June of 1995 as the primary soil scientist in NW Minnesota. I spent the next 15 years conducting applied nutrient and fertilizer management in cropping systems of NW Minnesota. Most of my effort was on nitrogen and phosphorus management in hard red spring wheat and sugarbeet production. Some of this work has been published in peer review journal articles, but all of the results have been delivered to the grower practitioners through research technical reports and in oral presentation in a variety of settings. In October 2010, I was appointed the Director of Operations of NWROC and continued both the administration and research/outreach programs through 2014. In January 2015, I was appointed the Director of Operations of SWROC as well, a post I held until May 2018. I stepped down as Director of NWROC in December 2020 and have now entered into a phased retirement period until December 2022 during which time I will be working from my home and endeavoring to analyze and interpret field research data from research conducted during my administrative years.
No new research programs are in progress at this time as I am phasing into retirement. My current research focus is on analyzing, interpreting, and publishing data from field trials that have been completed. Most of this focus is on nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer and nutrient management in the agricultural crops grown in NW Minnesota. Recent nitrogen research examined nitrogen uptake and utilization by hard red spring wheat that varied in their grain yield and quality potential. Recent phosphorus research examined the need to maintain a high soil test phosphorus level to achieve maximum grain yield potential.
Honors and Awards
Meritorious Service Award, 2021. International Sugarbeet Institute Committee & Sugarbeet Research and Education Council of Minnesota and North Dakota
Outstanding Service Award, 2021. Minnesota Cultivated Wildrice Council