Ph.D. 1992, University of Minnesota; M.S. 1989, University of Guelph, Canada; B.S. 1984, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 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 green house gas emissions.

  • American Society of Agronomy Fellow (2014)
  • 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 Responsibilities

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