Gary Steinhardt

Dr. Gary C. Steinhardt

Department of Agronomy
Professor of Agronomy
Office Location: Lilly Hall, Room# 3-325
Staff Hire Date: 1976
Soil & Water Conservation Society 

Area of Expertise:

Soils, Soil Management

Curriculum Vitae
extension areas
  • Soil compaction
  • Tillage
  • Soil erosion
  • Conservation
research areas
  • Long term tillage plots
  • Strip preparation plots
  • Crop residue studies

professional experience 

  • Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1991 to present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1982 to 1991
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1976 to 1982


  • B.S., Michigan State University, 1966
  • M.S., Michigan State University, 1968
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 1976


  • Agronomy 155 - Introduction to Soil Morphology
  • Agronomy 355 - Soil Morphology and Geography
  • Agronomy 450 - Soil Conservation and Water Management
  • Agronomy 585 - Soils and Land Use

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Agronomy Teacher, 2003
  • American Society of Agronomy Certificate of Excellence in Educational Materials, 2003
  • Team Performance Award, Indiana Division of Reclamation, 2000
  • Fellow, Soil and Water Conservation Society, 1996
  • Award of Merit, Soil and Water Conservation Society, 1995
  • Outstanding Service Award, Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society, 1993
  • Superior Service Unit Award, US Department of Agriculture, 1989
  • Commendation Award, Soil Conservation Society of America, 1986
  • Fellow, Indiana Academy of Science, 1983

Significant Publications

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Franzmeier, D. P., G. C. Steinhardt, and D. G. Schulze. 2004. Indiana soil landscapes evaluation manual. AY-323. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, West Lafayette, IN.

Franzmeier, D.P., G.C. Steinhardt and B.D. Lee, 2001. Indiana soils, evaluation and conservation, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, West Lafayette, Indiana, 124 pp. 

West, T.D., D.R. Griffith and G.C. Steinhardt, 1996. Effect of tiling and rotation on agronomic performance of corn and soybean; twenty year study on dark silty clay loam soil. Jour. of Prod. Agri. 9:241-248.

Tremocoldi, W.A., G.C. Steinhardt and D.P. Franzmeier, 1993. Clay mineralogy and chemistry of argillic horizons, fragipans and paleosol B. horizons on a loess thinning transect in southwestern Indiana. Geoderma, 63:77-93.