Sylvie M BrouderSylvie M Brouder

Professor of Agronomy

Department: Agronomy
Phone: 765.496.1489
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly 3-351

Curriculum Vitae​

Area of Expertise: Crop Nutrition, Soil Fertility


  • Provide technical information on plant nutrition, nutrient management and cropping systems to farmers, county educators, and industry.
  • Develop/deliver workshops on nutrient management and produce educational materials (hard copy and electronic) for the Certified Crop Advisor Program and other educational multipliers including State and Federal agency personnel.
  • Facilitate educational programming focused on the commercial agriculture/environment interface to promote awareness and knowledge among stakeholders of the complexities of simultaneous management of agricultural lands for bioenergy, food security and stewardship objectives.

Research Areas

  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling, soil sequestration, greenhouse gas emission and water quality impacts of intensively and extensively managed agriculture including maize-based and emerging, dedicated bioenergy cropping systems and native prairies.
  • Tensions and trade-off among non-provisioning ecosystem services as influenced by management and technology.
  • Root/soil interrelationships and nutrient accumulation patterns for Indiana cropping systems.
  • Indigenous soil potassium, fertilizer-potassium use efficiency, and potassium balance in Indiana maize and soybean production.
  • Development of the scientific foundations for improved fertilizer recommendation protocols for Indiana cropping systems.


Fernandez, F., Brouder, S.M., Volenec, J.J., Beyrouty, C.A., & Hoyum R. (2011). Soybean shoot and root response to localized water and potassium in a split-pot study. Plant Soil. (in press)

Brouder, S.M., Hernandez-Ramirez, G., Smith, D.R., & VanScoyoc, G.E. (2011). Nitrogen partitioning and utilization in corn cropping systems: rotation, N-source, and N timing. European J. Agron.

Brouder, S.M., Volenec, J.J., Turco, R.F. Smith, D.R., & Ejeta., G. (2010). Ecosystem services of existing and candidate bioenergy cropping systems: Critical research questions. 2009 China-U.S. Workshop on Climate-Energy Nexus sponsored by the China-U.S. Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change.

Lissbrant, S., Cunningham, S.M., Brouder, S.M., & Volenec, J.J. (2010). Identification of fertility regimes that enhance long-term productivity of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) using cluster analysis. Agronomy Journal, 102, 580-591.

Brouder, S.M. (2010). Nutrient cycling in soils: Potassium. Building a Stable Base for Agriculture. Madison, WI: ASA-CSSA-SSSA.

Ale, S., Bowling, L.C., Youssef, M.A., Brouder, S.M., & Frankenberger, J.R. (2010). Potential watershed nitrate load reduction with drainage water management under varied implementation options. Proceedings of ASABE 9th International Drainage Symposium held w/ joint CIGR and CSBE/SCGAB Proceedings.

Ale, S., Bowling, L.C., Frankenberger, J.R., Brouder, S.M., & Kladivko, E.J. (2010). The influence of climate variability, drain spacing and operational strategy on drainage water management system performance. Vadose Zone Journal, 9, 43-62.

Ale, S., Bowling, L.C., Brouder, S.M., Frankenberger, J.R., & Youssef, M.A. (2009). Simulated effect of drainage water management operational strategy on hydrology and crop yield for drummer soil in the Midwestern United States. Agricultural Water Management, 96, 653-665.

Full list of Publications (refereed journal papers, book chapters, research and station bulletins, etc.)​


AGRY 515 Plant Mineral Nutrition

Professional Experience

Professor, Purdue University, 2005-present
Associate Professor, Purdue University, 2000-2005
Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 1995-2000
Post Doctoral Researcher, University of California-Davis, 1993-95


B.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., University of California

Date joined staff: October 1995