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

Joseph Anderson
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-4774

Shaun Casteel
Soybean Production
(765) 494-0895

Dr. Jim Camberato

James Camberato
Soil Fertility
(765) 496-9338
Davide Cammarano
Digital Agriculture
Gebisa Ejeta 
Sorghum Genetics & Breeding
(765) 494-4320

Bruce Erickson 
Distance Education & 
Outreach Director
(765) 494-7540

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
Maize Genetics & Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9243


Lee Schweitzer
Plant Physiology
(765) 494-4789
Steven Scofield (USDA/ARS)
Plant Molecular Biology
(765) 494-3674

Mitch Tuinstra
Maize Genetics & Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9093

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


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

Cankui Zhang
Crop Physiology
(765) 496-6889


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

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