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Patrick Carr

Central Agriculture Research Center - MSU
Superintendent/Associate Professor of Cropping Systems
Moccasin, MT
Superintendent and Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Ph.D. 1989, Crop and Soil Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. M.S. 1986, Technology and Human Affairs, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 1984 M.S. 1984, Natural Resources, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. B.S. 1982, Biology, Saint Meinrad College, Saint Meinrad, IN.

My research program is applied and field oriented with a goal of diversifying the wheat-based cropping systems which have and continue to dominate dryland farming in central Montana and in much of the Great Plains region. My primary responsibility is to develop strategies for integrating non-cereal crops as grain/seed, forage, and cover crops, along with cereal crops in addition to wheat, into agroecosystems that provide long-term economic and environmental sustainability when adopted by Montana farmers and ranchers. Specifically, these emerging crop and integrated crop-livestock systems must improve crop water-use efficiencies, reduce soil nutrient leaching, effectively incorporate integrated pest management approaches, minimize/eliminate soil erosion and enhance soil quality while allowing farming to be done profitably. I welcome opportunities to collaborate with others who are dedicated to finding solutions to the problems faced by Montana farmers and those in similar eco-regions.