Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC)

Size and Topography

  • 664 acres on the Porter-LaPorte county line, with about 560 tillable acres to serve the agricultural research needs of northwestern Indiana
  • Three distinct soil types: Tracy sandy loam, which can be irrigated during dry periods for horticultural research; highly organic muck; and Sebewa loam used for corn and soybean studies
  • Approximately 45 acres of woodland
  • Ten acres in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program
  • Pond
  • Warm- and cool-season grasses native to the area


The original 486-acre farm was a gift in 1919 from William Pinney and his daughter Myra Pinney Clark. Over the years Purdue has acquired an additional 178 acres of adjacent farmland.​


Contact Information

Gary Tragesser
pinney pacPinney-Purdue Agricultural Center
11402 South County Line Road
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: 219-733-2379
Email: ​​​



  • Main building with meeting space for up to 50 and farm shop for equipment upgrades and repairs
  • GPS/RTK technology
  • Storage and drying facilities
  • 30-foot by 48-foot greenhouse; two rolling high tunnels for organic research and conventional vegetables
  • Linear move irrigation systems covering nearly 100 acres of tillable land
  • Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) Testing
  • Two weather stations, for the National Weather Service and for Purdue climatologists
  • Fall woodland management workshop

Field Days & Training Events

  • Crop Diagnostic Training - June 16, 2021 (PDF)
  • Field Day - August 18, 2021 Flyer (PDF)
  • Crop Diagnostic Trianing - September 8, 2021 Flyer (PDF)
  • For more information contact Gary Tragesser at 219-733-2379 or

Current Research

Research capitalizes on resources unique to this part of the state—a sandier soil and abundant water supply. Irrigation is prevalent among vegetable producers. Research at PPAC focuses on agronomic, vegetable, and specialty crops.

Researchers in the Departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Botany and Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology, and Forestry and Natural Resources currently conduct research at PPAC.

Agricultural Research at Purdue, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-8370

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