The Department of Agronomy has offices and laboratories in three buildings on campus: Lilly Hall of Life Sciences (LILY), Plant and Soils Building (LSPS), and Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research (WSLR). There are also greenhouse facilities in the Life Science Ranges attached to the Plant and Soils Building. The Agronomy Department currently has outdoor field facilities and indoor educational facilities at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) and the William H. Daniel Turfgrass Research & Diagnostic Center (Daniel Center). Research is also conducted at several Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACs) around Indiana.
The ACRE is an outdoor, hands-on, agronomic laboratory for researchers and educators from several departments. It is strategically located 7 miles northwest of campus on 1,408 acres of prairie and forest soils. The Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center was opened in 2016 to experiment with new ways to collect plant trait data and automate seed processing. Several researchers maintain project buildings at ACRE as their “home-base” for field research equipment and seed storage, sample processing, and as a place to repair or modify field research equipment.
The Daniel Center is conveniently located just north of campus and adjacent to one of two 18-hole campus golf courses. It has an educational facility and turfgrass research plots. Prior to 1996, the turfgrass program utilized approximately five acres at the ACRE to conduct research related to turfgrass maintenance. Today, there are 22 acres at the Daniel Center dedicated to turf research.
In addition to the ACRE and Daniel Center, the College of Agriculture supports eight regional Purdue Agricultural Centers throughout Indiana to accommodate interdepartmental field research. Each center represents one of the state’s major soil and climate regions. Agronomy staff members have projects at all eight regional centers. The PACs increase research area and allow experiments to investigate differences in topography, soil types, and
microclimates within the state.
The Beck Agricultural Center offers outstanding flexible resources for meetings, conferences, workshops, and retreats associated with Agriculture education. Located at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education, the Center offers the opportunity to combine hands-on field experience with classroom presentations and discussions.