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Report Highlights MSU's Ag Research in 2018


December 5, 2018 | View PDF

BOZEMAN — Montana State University has released a report summarizing the university’s agricultural research on subjects ranging from beef breeding to optimizing the protein content of pea crops.

The 2018 Research Report, authored by MSU Extension and MSU’s College of Agriculture, highlights 11 studies conducted by MSU faculty throughout Montana.

“It’s practical information that we make readily available so it can be easily used,” said Megan Van Emon, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences and a beef cattle specialist in MSU Extension.

“Each year, we hear back from producers and Extension agents that this report is extremely helpful with answering their questions,” Van Emon said. The report has been published annually since 2015.

Each chapter of the report summarizes findings from MSU studies that have been, or will be, published in peer-reviewed science journals. Topics include soil fertility management for pulse crops, breeding of South African Meat Merino sheep, behaviors of sheep guard dogs and using beavers for restoring riparian areas.

“Everything is presented in layman’s terms,” Van Emon said. “We write this for a wide audience.”

The goal of the report is to enhance agricultural production in Montana by providing information that can help producers make decisions, Van Emon said, adding that producers are encouraged to offer their feedback and suggestions for future research.

The 2018 research report is online at


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