Oscar R. Burt, Agricultural Economics Wizard, died October 30th after 84 years. He conducted research at Montana State University (MSU), University of California at Davis, University of Nebraska, and several other universities. MSU paid him more than the Montana's governor earned or any other professor at MSU earned. In the 1970's and 1980's, Oscar became arguably the best agricultural economist in the country. Over one decade, in each of nine years, he received one of three national research awards given by the agricultural economics profession, way more than anybody else. He was the main reason the MSU agricultural economics program ranked third by citations in the U.S. While only publishing about two articles a year, his work was of high quality. Oscar's work addressed both theoretical and applied economics, covering farm management, production economics, natural resource economics and decision theory. His research overturned previously accepted, but wrong, farm management practices, revolutionizing thinking about the farm-debt crisis. His work in 1968 resulted in the common use of what became known as "flex cropping," adjusting crop schedules depending on soil conditions. Oscar researched dairy and determined whether building a Missouri dam made economic sense. The Nebraska attorney general sent a letter to University of Nebraska complaining about Oscar's journal article probabilistically proving that western Nebraska irrigation wells around French Creek and Stinking Creek depleted water in Kansas. Oscar frequently attributed his success to his even tempered, active wife of 60 years, Belle Burt (Beams) of Arcadia, Nebraska. Surviving him include his children Jameson Burt (Virginia), Joan Burt (New Mexico), Alexsandra Burt (Hawaii), and Thomas Burt (Seattle). They thank Country House that gave Oscar the last 3 years' care and conversation. While anti organized-religion, Oscar would write down statistical formulas that emerged from his dreams. Before lunch and in mid-afternoon, he'd do what he called "flaking out." He'd relax, ignore his surroundings, and focus. Maybe that was meditation, but after "flaking out," he'd get the fringe benefit of discovered statistical relationships. Born in Ansley, Nebraska, October 20, 1931, Oscar was farm raised. In the Navy, 1951-1955, in Washington, D.C., Oscar worked as an air traffic controller. He got a bachelor degree in 3 years from University of Nebraska, got a Master degree in statistics in 1 year from U.C. Berkeley, and got a PhD in agricultural economics in 3 years from U.C. Berkeley. At Berkeley, Oscar found his research assistantship using mechanical calculating machines boring, so he paid for his schooling and supported his 4 children selling vacuum cleaners and Watkins products door-to-door. Faculty at Berkeley told him he had too great a family burden to complete graduate school; he should move on.While in high school, one Halloween, Oscar whitewashed Arcadia's police car. At an MSU faculty party, he stood on his head beside an upside-down graduate student, as they competed drinking beer. With a neck ache, the next day Oscar visited a laughing chiropractor. At U.C. Davis, during a faculty dinner, Oscar lobbed an innocent potato at a Dean he disliked, erupting into a faculty food fight. By the same token, Oscar got ideas even from cussing drunks he met, and was averse to criticizing the common man's economic decisions. Others' decisions could be recognized and fit into an economic model, revealing a real world, not an idealized world with incriminations. About products, Oscar occasionally said "that was made to sell, not to use."