Burgess

Mac Burgess

Assistant Professor- Ph.D. from Montana State University, 2012

Office: 213 Plant BioScience Building
Office Phone: 406-994-3510

Lab: 232 Plant BioScience Building

Fax: 406-994-7600
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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research in my lab strives to provide resources and educational opportunities for improved management of high-value crops and small-scale production systems, including demonstration and evaluation of season extension tools, precision irrigation management, cover crops, crop rotations, and soil fertility management.

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

Cropping systems for small-scale and high-value crops. Teach courses in field crop production, vegetable production, plant nutrition & soil fertility, and bio-energy systems.

EDUCATION

  • B.S. Physical Science. Humboldt State University. 2003.
  • MS. Environmental Studies. Ohio University. 2006.
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Environnmental Science. Montana State University. 2012.

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Soil Science Society of American
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • American Society of Horticultural Science
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Review manuscripts for: Agronomy Journal, Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica

COURSES TAUGHT

  • AGSC 341 Field Crop Production
  • SFBS 296 Towne's Harvest Practicum
  • Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Management

GRANTS

  • Montana Department of Agriculture, "Northern Plains Vegetable Variety Testing", $30,000

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journals

Burgess, M., P. Miller, C.A. Jones, and A. Bekkerman. 2014. Economic and energetic perspectives on the value of diversified crop rotations for the northern Great Plains. In Preparation.

Burgess, M., P. Miller, C.A. Jones, and A. Bekkerman. 2014. Tillage of cover crops affects soil water, nitrogen, and wheat yield components. Agronomy Journal 106:1497-1508.

Burgess, M., P. Miller, and C.A. Jones. 2012. Pulse crops improve energy intensity and productivity of cereal production in Montana, U.S.A. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 36:6 699-718.

Chen, C., K. Neill, M. Burgess, and A. Bekkerman. 2012. Agronomic benefit and economic potential of fall-seeded pea and lentil in conventional wheat-based crop rotations. Agronomy Journal 104:215–224.

McCauley, A.M., C.A. Jones, P.R. Miller, M.H. Burgess, and C.A. Zabinski. 2012. Nitrogen fixation by pea and lentil green manures in a semi-arid agroecoregion: effect of planting and termination timing. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 92:305-314.

Extension Publications

Burgess, M., P. Miller, and C.A. Jones. 2012. Effect of tillage on nitrogen cycling from annual legume green manures. Fertilizer Facts #58. Montana State University Extension.

McCauley, A., P. Miller, J. Holmes, and M. Burgess. 2012. Improving annual legume green manure management by optimizing seeding rates and termination timing. Fertilizer Facts #61. Montana State University Extension.

Abstracts

Burgess, M., and P. Miller. 2013. Interpreting analysis of fossil energy use in agriculture: what does efficiency mean? Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 2013, Tampa, FL.

Miller, P., A. Bekkerman, M. Burgess, C. Jones, J. O’Dea, and R. Engel. 2013. Pulse-wheat systems are economically superior to wheat-only systems at reduced N fertilizer rates. Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 2013, Tampa, FL.

Miller, P., M. Liebig, M. Burgess, C. Jones, J. O’Dea, S. Kronberg, and D. Archer. 2013. Research experience with cover crops in the semi-arid northern U.S. Great Plains. Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 2013, Tampa, FL.

Miller, P., C. Jones, M. Burgess, A. McCauley, and J. O’Dea. 2012. Legume green manures in fallow-wheat no-till systems. Do they work in Montana? In Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Oct. 2012. Cincinnatti, OH.

Burgess, M., and P. Miller. 2010. Energy intensity of alternative wheat-based crop rotations. Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 2010. Long Beach, CA.

O’Dea, J., P. Miller, C.A. Jones, and M. Burgess. Greening summerfallow: on-farm evaluation of legume green fallow rotations. In Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 2010. Long Beach, CA.

Burgess, M., P. Miller, and C.A. Jones. 2010. Legume green manures in Montana dryland cropping systems: summer fallow’s last stand. In Proceedings of the Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference. March 2010. Denver, CO.

Miller, P., R. Engel, M. Burgess, and C. Jones. Legume crops are “greening” the semiarid northern Great Plains of North America. 16th International Congress on N Fixation, June 2009, Big Sky, MT.

Miller, P., D. Buschena, C. Jones, J. Holmes, and M. Burgess. 2007. Changing lessons with winter wheat in an 8-yr-old cropping systems study. In Agronomy Abstracts, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Ann. Mtg., Nov 4-8, 2007. New Orleans, LA.

Burgess, M., and K. Brown.  2006. Stable isotope methods for determining the water sources of an old-growth eastern deciduous forest and predicting the effects of longwall coal mining on a forest ecosystem. In Ecological Society of America Abstracts, ESA Ann. Mtg, Aug 2006. Memphis TN.

Wakeley, G., M. Burgess, and K. Brown. 2006. Spatial variability of soil physical properties and soil water potential at Dysart Woods, an old-growth oak forest in southeastern Ohio. In Ecological Society of America Abstracts, ESA Ann. Mtg, Aug, 2006. Memphis TN.

Burgess, M., and K. Brown. 2005. The Biohydrology of Dysart Woods. Ohio Division of Natural Resources & Division of Mineral Resources Management Applied Research Conference. 2005 Athens, Ohio.