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Emeritus/Retired Faculty

Department of Plant Sciences

Ronald H. Delaney, Ph.D.

Ronald H. Delaney

Emeritus Professor, Retired
Department of Plant Sciences


Current Appointment

  • Retired
  • Professor (1980)
  • Department Head (1997 to 2005)
  • Emeritus Professor

Degrees Earned

B.S., 1967, Montana State University
M.S., 1969, Montana State University
Ph.D., 1972, University of Arizona

Academic Expertise

  • Forage Crop Physiology
  • Improvement of alfalfa hay production and sainfoin seed yield and quality
  • Water conservation, economic efficiency, genetics, crop stress physiology, and water quality
  • Low Input Sustainable Agriculture

Currently Teaching

  • AECL 2020 - Agroecology: Crop and Horticultural Plant Biology
  • CROP 3200 - Forage Crop Science
  • CROP 5410 - Advanced Crop Physiology and Management
  • Advisor, Agroecology Club

Current Research

Annual legumes for sustainable dryland farming. The objective is to incorporate annual legumes for grazing or green manure into the winter wheat - summer fallow cropping system.

Multidisciplinary Collaborations

  • Montana State University, Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science
  • University of Wyoming, Department of Civil Engineering.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Western Society of Crop Science
  • American Forage and Grassland Council
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Alpha Zeta

Significant Publications

  • Heichel, G.H., R.H. Delaney and H.T. Cralle. 1988. Carbon assimilation, partitioning, and utilization. In A.A. Hanson, (Ed.) Alfalfa and Alfalfa Improvement. Agronomy Monograph 29:196-222.
  • Boe, A. and R.H. Delaney. (In Press) Creeping and meadow foxtail. In Cool-season Forage Grasses. Agronomy Monograph 34.

Pertinent Information

Modern crop physiology research labs are located on the University of Wyoming campus, Laramie and field research is conducted at the Archer, Wyoming Research and Extension Center located in a 37 cm annual precipitation zone.

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