Sylvie M Brouder
Professor of Agronomy
Department: Agronomy
Phone: 765.496.1489
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly 3-351

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.


Ojeda, J.J., J.J. Volenec, S.M. Brouder, O.P. Caviglia, M.G. Agnusdei. 2018. Modelling stover and grain yields, and subsurface artificial drainage from long-term corn rotations using APSIM. Agric. Water Manage. 195:154–171.

Berg, W.K., S. Lissbrant, S.M. Cunningham, S.M. Brouder, and J.J. Volenec. 2018. Cluster analysis of phosphorus and potassium effects on plant persistence and taproot C and N reserves of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Plant Sci. 2018.02.026

Ojeda, J.J., J.J. Volenec, S.M. Brouder, O.P. Caviglia, M.G. Agnusdei. 2018. Modelling stover and grain yields, and subsurface artificial drainage from long-term corn rotations using APSIM. Agric. Water Manage. 195:154–171.

Dierking R.M., D.J. Allen, S.M. Cunningham, S.M. Brouder, and J.J. Volenec. 2017. Nitrogen dynamics in above and belowground tissues of two Miscanthus × giganteus genotypes under various N fertilization rates. Front. Plant Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01618.

Grassini, P., Pittelkow, C.M., Cassman, K.G., Yang, H.S., Archontoulis, S., Licht, M., Lamkey, K.R., Ciampitti, I.A., Coulter, J.A., Brouder, S.M., Volenec, J.J., Guidin-Garcia, N. 2017. Robust spatial frameworks for leveraging research on sustainable crop intensification. Global Food Security.

Ojeda, J.J., Volenec, J.J., Brouder, S.M., Caviglia, O.P., Agnusdei, M.G. 2017. Evaluation of Agricultural Production Simulator (APSIM) as yield predictor of Panicum virgatum and Miscanthus x giganteus in several US environments. GCB Bioenergy. 9:796-816. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12384

Morell, F.J., Yang, H.S., Cassman, K.G., Van Wart, J., Elmore, R.W., Licht, M., Coulter, J.A., Ciampitti, I.A., Pittelkow, C.M., Brouder, S.M., Thomison, P., Lauer, J., Graham, C. Massey, R., Grassini, P. 2016. Can crop simulation models be use to predict local to regional maize yields and total production in the US Corn Belt? Field Crops Res. 192:1-12.

Dierking, R.M., Allen, D.J., Brouder, S.M., Volenec, J.J. 2016. Yield, biomass composition, and N use efficiency during establishment of four Miscanthus × giganteus genotypes as influenced by N management. Biomass and Bioenergy. 91:98-107.

Orr, M-J., Gray, M.B., Applegate, B., Volenec, J.J., Brouder, S.M., Turco, R.F. 2015. Transition to second generation cellulosic biofuel production systems reveals limited negative impacts on the soil microbial community structure. Applied Soil Ecology. 95:62-72.

Cibin, R., Trybula, E., Chaubey, I., Brouder, S., Volenec, J.J. 2015. Watershed impacts of bioenergy crops on hydrology and water quality using improved SWAT model. GCB Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12307

Trybula, E., Raj, C., Burks, J., Chaubey, I. Brouder, S.M., Volenec, J. 2015. Perennial rhizomatous grasses as bioenergy feedstock in SWAT: Parameter development and model improvement. GCB Bioenergy. 7:1185-1202.​

Brouder, S.M., H. Gomez-McPherson. 2014. The impact of conservation agriculture on smallholder agricultural yields: A scoping review of the evidence. In special issue “Evaluating conservation agriculture for smallholders in developing countries.”Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

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

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