Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center
Size and Topography
- Three parcels totaling about 440 acres, including 360 tillable acres in Whitley County between Fort Wayne and Columbia City
- Rolling and level topography typical of northeastern Indiana, unlike any other part of the state
- Soils are the Morley-Glynwood and the Morley-Rawson Associations, which consist of loam, sandy loam, and clay loam soils
Established in 1991, NEPAC is the newest Purdue Agricultural Center. Recognizing the agricultural importance of the northeast part of the state as well as its unique characteristics, Purdue acquired three tracts of land for a long-awaited research center. The first tract, given in trust by Denzil Schrader in 1989, is 170 acres and is called the Schrader Farm in his memory. When Schrader convinced his neighbor Merle Kyler of the need for such a center, Kyler also gave part of his land in trust. The 85-acre Kyler Farm lies two miles to the west of the main headquarters. The third piece was a 185-acre farm one mile north of the Kyler Farm that Purdue purchased at public auction from the estate of Harvey Lawrence, a Whitley County farmer.
- Diagnostic Training Center, site of annual training for Commercial Pesticide Applicators, Certified Crop Advisors, and farmers
- Diagnostic Hands-On Training, June 2010 (PDF: 577 KB)
- A pond near the office and constructed wetlands about two miles west of the office used for pond and environmental management workshops
- Timber parcels jointly managed with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
- Precision agricultural equipment, GPS and AutoSteer technology
- Plots of corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa used for tours, special training events, and annual field days
Field Days & Training Events
Agricultural research conducted at NEPAC transfers more readily to area farmers than that conducted on the flat black prairie soils of west central Indiana or the soils of other regional PACs. Farmers near NEPAC want to know how a particular practice or management system is going to work on their farm. Research therefore has focused on row-crop production. Current research includes projects related to fertility; insect, weed, and disease control; corn, and soybean production trials; and tillage systems.
Researchers in the Departments of Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering are currently conducting research at NEPAC.
Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center
4821 East 400 South
Columbia City, IN 46725
Phone: 260-244-7290 (also fax)