Welcome to the Agronomy and Nutrient Management Program!


 Develop agronomic packages that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable for Montana farmers.


  • Nitrogen acquisition and utilization efficiencies
  • Phosphorus acquisition and utilization efficiencies
  • Water use efficiency
  • Agroecology

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (Click links below to see pictures):

  1. Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE):

           Evaluation of the effect of genotype and rotation type on  the NUE of five spring wheat varieties.

      2.  Nitrogen Acquisition Efficiency (NAE):

           Screening of a world germplasm of spring wheat elite and landraces varieties for NAE.

      3.  AgroEcology:

           Evaluation of the effects of soil water storage, crop and climatic parameters (solar radiation, temperature, relative humidity, wind) on total grain and protein yields of pea-winter  wheat, lentils-winter wheat, and barley-winter wheat rotations.

      4. Sustainable Cropping Systems:

         Assessment of the effects of organic and inorganic amendments on the growth and development of dual-purpose  biennial winter canola.

       5. Integration Livestock-Agriculture

           Evaluation of winter canola for forage and grain production. Assessment of cow and sheep grazing, and mechanical haying.

       6. Cover Crops

           Evaluation of the adaptability of cocktails and  cool- and warm-season cover crops.  Varieties evaluated: Ground Hog Radish, Purple Top Radish, Arvika Spring Pea, Otana     Oat, DKL 30-42 canola, Baldy Spineless Safflower, Hairy Vetch, Alsike Clover, Triticale, Omega Flax, Sorghum-Carc, Golden German Millet, Perodovik Sunflower, Sheyenne Soybean, SSNS-1 Fababean, , Frontier chickpea, Loreto Black Bean, Indian Corn, Berseem Clover. 

       7. Pea variety trial.

       8. Chickpea variety trial.

       9. Lentil variety trial.

       10. Durum wheat variety trial.

       11. Precision Agriculture

A sub-project of the Montana Research and Economic Development Initiative (MREDI) grant whose objective is to develop analytical approaches to improving farmer decision on input management and  to produce tools that will allow farmers to see their decisions in the context of the many uncertainties of crop production. Digital agricultural technologies used are satellite imagery, vehicle-mounted sensors, GIS-based soil mapping.

       12. Outreach