Conduct innovative agronomy research aimed to meet the demands of production agriculture in the Flathead Valley and greater regions of Montana. 


Aerial view of the farm

The Flathead valley is a unique region of agriculture production located in Northwest Montana. Historically this area has been prominent in the production of small grains, forages, potatoes, and mint oil. The Flathead valley receives 42 cm of average yearly precipitation. This amount of available moisture, combined with productive soils, lend to the high yielding production capabilities of the region. Current major crop production includes: spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, canola, pulses, and forages.

Research Interests 

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  • Integrated weed management 
  • Variety evaluation in small grains, canola, and pulse crops  
  • Efficacy and crop safety trials for chemical agriculture products
  • Alternative crop production and management 
  • Soil fertility management   
  • On-farm trials

Program capabilities 

The cropping systems agronomy program at the Northwestern Ag Research Center is fully capable to accommodate small plot and field scale trials. A variety of small plot equipment is available, as well as laboratory and field space to conduct agronomy and weed science research. Many current trials are conducted under rainfed management;  however, a variable rate overhead irrigation system allows for irrigated management as well. Field sites at the Northwest Ag Research Center have proven to be an excellent environment to evaluate yield potential in small grain crops, as well as disease resistance.

Team members Group Photo

Dr. Clint Beiermann

Clint Beiermann

Assistant Professor

Home town: Big Piney, WY

Ph.D. Agronomy (Emphasis: Weed Science) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020

M.S. Agronomy - University of Wyoming, 2017

B.S. Agroecology (Minor: Soil Science) - University of Wyoming, 2012 

Jessica Pavelka 

Jessica Pavelka

Research Associate

Home town: Quincy, WA

M.S. Land Resources & Environmental Science - Montana State University, Current Student

B.S. Biology (Emphasis: Ecology) - Central Washington University, 2017

Ray Volin 

Ray Volin

Research Assistant

Home town: Kalispell, MT

Ph.D. Plant Pathology & Plant Breeding - Montana State University, 1971

M.S. Agronomy - Montana State University, 1968

B.S. Agricultural Science - Montana State University, 1966

Dave Davis

Dave Davis

Research Assistant

Home town: Kalispell, MT

Reese Whitehead


Research Assistant

Home town: Redding, CA