Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC)
Size and Topography
- 220 acres in Knox County north of Vincennes; 150 tillable acres, with about 90 used for research purposes
- Sandier soils and climatic conditions suitable for melon and other horticultural and specialty crop production
SWPAC was established in 1979, when Purdue University purchased 175 acres from Hank DeBuisseret to replace a 78-acre sand horticulture research site in Gibson County. Purdue relocated research operations to Knox County to take advantage of water availability for research and to build working relationships with Vincennes University and the USDA. The university purchased an additional 45 acres from Steve Klein in 1992.