Purdue Agricultural Centers
Researchers from the College of Agriculture at Purdue University use the eight Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACs) across Indiana to conduct applied field crop and animal research and demonstrate cutting edge production practices and agricultural technology. The PACs offer tremendously diverse land, soil types, and facilities for practical and emerging ideas - these research farms enable researchers to advance agricultural research in real-world conditions as they take risks and explore ideas that eventually might benefit row and specialty crop producers and others in Indiana and beyond.
Indiana has more than 300 soil types and multiple and unique microclimates. Each parcel of farmland reacts differently to crop inputs, cultural practices, pesticides, and tillage systems just as each parcel of forest reacts differently to varying management practices. The PACs are located in regions of the state where they can best benefit those engaged in agriculture, timber management, and other land use activities.
Each PAC provides land, facilities, and expertise in addition to the availability of automated weather data, internet connectivity, and research-scale field equipment. The PACs are also hosts to numerous Extension-led educational events such as annual field days and crop/animal specific workshops. To learn more about upcoming PAC field days and other events, go to the PAC Field Day web page for the latest information.
In 2016, researchers conducted over 450 field projects on more than 40 different crops at the PACs. Researchers are assisted by 30 PAC staff members spread across over 9,000 acres. The campus-based director and assistant director of the Purdue Agricultural Centers and the eight PAC superintendents across Indiana administer and coordinate all research projects at the PACs. Please contact us if you have any questions or need information.
The Eight PACs