Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Perry R. Miller

Professor; Ph.D. 1992, University of Minnesota; M.S. 1989, University of Guelph; B.S. 1984, University of Saskatchewan. Development of diversified cropping systems under water-limited conditions to maintain or improve soil quality, economic returns and sustainable practices. Resource-use-efficiency in no-till and organic systems, spring and winter pulse crop agronomy, annual pea forage and green manure systems, and farming strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • American Society of Agronomy (1989 – 2013)
  • Canadian Society of Agronomy (1987 – 2013)
  • Crop Science Society of America (1989 – 1994, 2005 – 2013)
  • Ecological Society of America (2006 – 2013)
  • MSU Outreach Award (2006)
  • Excellence Award – Researcher, Northern Pulse Growers Assoc, 2009

Recent Publications:

  • Cutforth, H.W., S.V. Angadi, B.G. McConkey, P.R. Miller, D. Ulrich, R. Gulden, K.M. Volkmar, M.H. Entz and S.A. Brandt. 2013. Comparing rooting characteristics and soil water withdrawal patterns of wheat with alternative oilseed and pulse crops grown in the semiarid Canadian prairie. Can. J. Plant Sci. (Accepted 14 Nov 2012)
  • Shrestha, B.M., B.G. McConkey, W.N. Smith, R.L. Desjardins, C.A. Campbell, B.B. Grant, and P.R. Miller. 2013. Effects of crop rotation, crop type and tillage on soil organic carbon in a semiarid climate. Can. J. Soil Sci. 93: 1-10 (on-line). [doi:10.4141/CJSS2012-078]
  • O’Dea, J.K., P.R. Miller and C.A. Jones. 2013. Greening summer fallow with legume green manures: On-farm assessment in north-central Montana. J Soil Water Conserv. (Accepted 1 Sep 2012)
  • Miller, P.R., and J.A. Holmes. 2012. Comparative soil water use by annual crops at a semiarid site in Montana. Can. J. Plant Sci. 92:803-807
  • McCauley, A., C. Jones, P. Miller, M. Burgess, and C. Zabinski. 2012. Nitrogen fixation by pea and lentil green manures in a semi-arid cropping system: Effect of planting and termination time. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosys. 92: 305-314. [doi:10.1007/s10705-012-9491-3]
  • Burgess, M., P. Miller, and C. Jones. 2012. Pulse crops improve energy intensity and productivity of cereal production in Montana, U.S.A. J. Sust. Ag. 36:699-718 [doi: 10.1080/10440046.2012.672380]
  • Carr, P.M. R.L. Anderson, Y.E. Lawley, P.R. Miller, and S.F. Zwinger. 2012. Organic zero-till in the northern US Great Plains Region: Opportunities and obstacles. Renew. Agric. Food Sys. 27:12-20 [doi:10.1017/S174217051100041X]
  • Miller, P.R., E.J. Lighthiser, C.A. Jones, J.A. Holmes, T.L. Rick, and J.M. Wraith. 2011. Pea green manure management affects organic winter wheat yield and quality in semiarid Montana Can. J. Plant Sci. 91: 497-508. (
  • Rick, T.L., C.A. Jones, R.E. Engel, and P.R. Miller. 2011. Green manure and phosphate rock effects on phosphorus availability in a northern Great Plains dryland organic cropping system. Organic Agriculture. 1:81-90. doi: 10.1007/s13165-011-0007-2.
  •   Watts, J.D., R.L. Lawrence, P. Miller, and C. Montagne. 2011. An analysis of cropland carbon sequestration estimates for north central Montana. Climatic Change.  Published online: 05 Feb, 2011 31 pp. (
  • Caprio, J.M., P.R. Miller*, and J.M. Wraith. 2010. The effect of El Nino on extreme daily weather occurrences at a location in Northwestern United States. Intermountain J. Sci. 16:37-50. *corresponding author
  • Tanaka, D.L., D.J. Lyon, P.R. Miller, S.D. Merrill, and B.G. McConkey. 2010. Soil and water conservation advances in the semiarid northern Great Plains. Chap. 3, p. 81 – 102 In Soil and Water Conservation Advances in the USA. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Spec. Pub. No. 60 Madison, WI.
  • Cutforth, H.W., Angadi, S.V., McConkey, B.G., Entz, M.H., Ulrich, D., Volkmar, K.M., Miller, P. and Brandt, S.A. 2009. Comparing plant water relations for wheat with alternative pulse and oilseed crops grown in the semiarid Canadian prairie. Can. J. Plant Sci. 89: 823-835.
  • Watts, J.D., R.L. Lawrence, P.R. Miller, and C. Montagne. 2009. Monitoring of cropland practices for carbon sequestration purposes in north central Montana by Landsat remote sensing. Remote Sens. Environ. 113:1843-1852
  • Leisso, R.S., P.R. Miller, and M.E. Burrows. 2009. The influence of biological and fungicidal seed treatments on chickpea (Cicer arietinum) damping off. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 31: 38-46
  • Buteler, M., D.K. Weaver, and P.R. Miller. 2008. Wheat stem sawfly infested plants benefit from parasitism of the herbivorous larvae. Agric. Forest Entomol. 10: 347-354
  • Angadi, S. V., B.G. McConkey, H.W. Cutforth, P.R. Miller, D. Ulrich, F. Selles, K.M. Volkmar, M.H. Entz, and S.A. Brandt. 2008. Adaptation of alternative pulse and oilseed crops to the semiarid Canadian Prairie: Seed yield and water use efficiency. Can. J. Plant Sci. 88: 425-438.
  • Miller, P.R., D.E. Buschena, C.A. Jones, and J.A. Holmes. 2008. Transition from intensive tillage to no-till and organic diversified annual grain cropping systems: Agronomic, economic, and soil nutrient analyses. Agron J. 100: 591-599.
  • Dusenbury, M.P., R.E. Engel, P.R. Miller, R.L. Lemke, and R. Wallander. 2008. Nitrous oxide emissions from a northern Great Plains soil as influenced by N management and cropping systems.  J. Environ. Qual. 37: 542-550. [Invited]

Recent Grants:

  • 2011-14, $354,405 - Using cover crop mixtures to improve soil health in low rainfall areas of the northern Plains. $354,405. (USDA – NIFA – Western SARE)
  • 2011-13, $69,366 - Long-term N management in alternative crop rotations. (Montana Fertilizer Advisory Council)
  • 2004-13, $140,048 - Diversified Cropping Systems: Comparing High Vs. Low Input Strategies. (Montana Wheat & Barley Comm.)
  • 2010-12, $45,754 - Previous crop effects on malt barley yield and quality under no-till dryland cropping system in Montana. (Montana Fertilizer Advisory Council)
  • 2009-11, $199,916 - Understanding carbon dynamics: Agronomic, socioeconomic, and biophysical tradeoffs in determining the sustainability … (USDA NIFA-AFRI Sustainable Agroecosystems Science LTAP: Proof of Concept)
  • 2009-11, $29,250 - Investigating the legume green fallow alternative on north-central Montana no-till operations (USDA – NIFA – Western SARE)
  • 2009-10, $69,212 - Managing on-farm energy budgets with legume green manure. (USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant)
  • 2008-11, $400,000 - Energetic, economic, and ecosystem value of annual legumes in semiarid wheat-based agroecosystems. (USDA – NIFA - NRI Managed Ecosystems Program)
  • 2007-11, $69,370 - Improving energy-efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use through biological N replacement strategies. (Montana Fertilizer Advisory Council)

Current Instructional Responsiblities:

  • AGSC 428 / LRES 529 - Cropping Systems and Sustainable Agriculture (Spring, every year)

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