Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)

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

Heritage

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 i​n its history of conservation tillage, including no-till.​

Contact Us

Jon Leuck
Interim Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Joel Wahlman
Superintendent, Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center 
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: (812) 458-6977
Email: ​​jwahlman@purdue.edu​

Resources

  • 1,100-square-foot conference room for education and training
  • 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

Current Research

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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Various maps are used to identify different areas of SEPAC. Boundaries, field names, soil types etc. are shown on the maps below. 

Links

 Resources

Jon Leuck
Interim Director, Purdue Agricultural Centers and Project Coordinator
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8368
Email: leuckj@purdue.edu​

Jeff Boyer
Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center (DPAC)
6230 North State Road 1
Farmland, IN 47340-9340
Phone: (765) 468-7022
Fax: 765-468-8125
Email: jboyer@purdue.edu

Brad Shelton
Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center (FPAC)
1117 State Road 458
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: (812) 279-8554
Email:  sheltonb@purdue.edu

Stephen Boyer
Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC)
4821 East 400 South
Columbia City, IN 46725
Phone: (260) 244-7290 (Also Fax)
Email: sboyer@purdue.edu​ 

Gary Tragesser
Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC)
11402 South County Line Road
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-2379
Email: gtragess@purdue.edu

Joel Wahlman
Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC)
4425 East 350 North
Butlerville, IN 47223
Phone: (812) 458-6977
Email: jwahlman@purdue.edu

Jason Tower
Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC)
11371 East Purdue Farm Road
Dubois, IN 47527
Phone: (812) 678-4427
Fax: 812-678-3412
Email: towerj@purdue.edu

Dennis Nowaskie
Southwest-Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC)
4669 North Purdue Road
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: (812) 886-9661
Email: nowaskie@purdue.edu

Jay Young
Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center (TPAC)
8343 South US 231
Lafayette, IN 47909-9049
Phone: (765) 538-3422
Email: jayyoung@purdue.edu

PAC Events

PAC Events

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2022 Field Days & Training Events

The Purdue Agricultural Centers (PACS) will be offering public field days, workshops, and other events in 2022. These events provide educational opportunities for commodity producers, crop/livestock advisers, and others seeking knowledge in crop...

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