Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center
Size and Topography
- Largest of the PACs, with 2,430 acres located six miles east of North Vernon in Jennings County
- A timber base of approximately 1,600 acres
- A variety of soil types but primarily silt loam soils common in southeastern Indiana—hard to manage, poorly drained, low organic matter
- Highly erosive soils with no-till farming practices used on most of the cropland
SEPAC was established in 1977, when the state of Indiana transferred 830 acres from the Department of Mental Health’s Muscatatuck State School to Purdue University. In 2005, the Department of Natural Resources transferred an additional 1,600 acres to Purdue. The center is distinctive in its history of conservation tillage, including no-till.
- 1,100-square-foot conference room for education and training
- Farm shop
- Soil drainage and water quality stations
- Modern field machinery
- Pesticide-handling facility
- Equipment storage buildings
- Grain bins
- Crop sample dryers
- Walk-in cooler
- Annual hunting permits and public access for hikers, bird-watchers, mushroom hunters, etc.
- Public tours highlighting farming techniques and agriculture
- Purdue Extension Wildlife Specialist based at SEPAC
Field Days & Training Events
SEPAC hosts practical agronomic and forestry research concentrated in pest management, nutrient management, variety performance, precision farming, soil conservation, soil drainage, water quality, forest management, and wildlife management.
Researchers from the Departments of Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Forestry and Natural Resources conduct studies at SEPAC. Approximately 50 research projects involving more than 30 professors, graduate students, and technicians are ongoing at SEPAC at any one time.
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Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center
4425 East 350 North
P.O. Box #216
Butlerville, IN 47223