Chad Godsey was born and raised on a farm and ranch near Wray in northeastern Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University with his B.S. in Ag Business and Soil and Crop Sciences he went to Kansas State University to get his M.S. and PhD in Agronomy/Soil Fertility. During his M.S., which focused on site-specific management of Fe chlorosis in irrigated corn in SW Kansas, he developed a passion for precision agriculture. He switched focus for his PhD studies which were centered on soil test recommendations and management of no-till acidic soils. He also worked full-time as the KSU Soil Testing Lab Manager during his PhD studies.
After graduation in 2005 he went to work at Oklahoma State University as a Cropping System Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He served as the State Specialist for most of the oilseeds produced in the state. Most of his research and extension efforts were focused on increasing the efficiency of crop production through use of technology, no-tillage, and crop rotation. This appointment gave him a great amount of experience with most crops grown in the Southern Great Plains. Throughout his graduate studies and time at OSU he stayed actively involved with precision ag. research and how to best use the technology in real-world situations.
During his seven years with OSU he began to notice a disconnect between the precision ag industry and past research that had been conducted at Universities around the US. Nobody was offering services centered on the researched and proven technologies from the Universities. If services were being offered they often times were not being used correctly. At this point Godsey Precision Ag was created in an effort to help producers better utilize precision ag. technologies to increase their profitability. Dr. Godsey is passionate about using precision ag technologies to increase the efficiency of crop inputs.
I grew up in Cheyenne Wells, CO where my family has been farming and ranching for 4 generations. I have been a part of this irrigated and dryland operation since I was old enough to ride in the tractors and combines. I moved to Wray as a freshman in high school and I worked for Stalk Inc. throughout high school, which gave me a great understanding of how production ag happened from the industry side. I grew interest in this and pursued a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming. During my time there, I was employed at Godsey Precision Ag as an intern during the summers and school breaks. After graduation in 2015, I began my M.S in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as I work for Godsey Precision Ag. I will be focusing in Crop Production and Physiology as I work to complete my M.S. degree. The continuing education and experience with local growers and ag markets since 2009 will be a steady foundation as the ag industry continues to evolve in the future.