Crops & the Changing Environment  

We are on the cutting edge of research to adapt crops to the ever-changing environment. We are developing cropping systems technology to provide a competitive edge for Indiana farmers and the agriculture industry to help feed Indiana, America, and the world on fewer acres of agricultural land. Our expertise includes environmental sustainability through cropping systems, developing responsible fertilizer and pesticide practices to increase crop yields and reduce contamination, creating and using precision farming technologies, and reducing greenhouse gases through innovative cropping systems.  The genetic discoveries we make will feed the world, improve human nutrition, and provide new uses for plants such as biofuels, building products, and substitutes for plastics.

  • Develop Resilient Crop Production Practices

  • Improve Crops Globally Through Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding

  • Enhance Nutritional & Industrial Quality ​

Faculty in Crops & the Changing Environment

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Joseph Anderson
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-4774

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Shaun Casteel
Soybean Production
(765) 494-0895
Phil DeVillez
Purdue Crop Performance Program
(765) 583-1406 
Gebisa Ejeta 
Sorghum Genetics & Breeding
(765) 494-4320
Bruce Erickson 
Distance Education & 
Outreach Director
(765) 494-7540

 Corey Gerber
Corey Gerber
Diagnostic Training & Research Center
(765) 496-3755
Karen Hudson (USDA/ARS)
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-8057
Yiwei Jiang
Turfgrass & Perennial Plant Physiology
(765) 494-0651​​
Keith Johnson
Forage Management
(765) 494-4800

Jianxin Ma
Comparative Plant Genomics & 
Soybean Genetics
(765) 496-3662​​

Mohsen Mohammadi
Small Grains Breeding & Genetics
(765) 496-6851​​
Robert Nielsen
Corn Production 
(765) 494-4802
Katy Martin Rainey
Soybean Breeding & Genetics
(765) 494-1212

Torbert Rocheford 
Torbert Rocheford
Maize Genetics & Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9243

Lee Schweitzer
Lee Schweitzer
Plant Physiology
(765) 494-4789

Steven Scofield
Steven Scofield (USDA/ARS)
Plant Molecular Biology
(765) 494-3674

Mitch Tuinstra
Mitch Tuinstra
Maize Genetics &
Plant Breeding

(765) 494-9093
Jeffrey Volenec  
Jeffrey Volenec
Forage Physiology
(765) 494-8071
Tony Vyn
Tony Vyn
Cropping Systems
(765) 496-3757

Cliff Weil
Cliff Weil
Maize Genetics & Genomics
(765) 496-1917

Cankui Zhang
Crop Physiology
(765) 496-6889​​​

James Camberato
Soil Fertility
(765) 496-9338

Chuck Mansfield

Chuck Mansfield
Agronomy Extension Specialist

Diane Wang
Genotype-by-enviromnment modeling
(765) 496-4934

Davide Cammarano
Digital Agriculture

Department of Agronomy, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053 USA, (765) 494-4773

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