Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center (TPAC)

Size and Topography

  • More than 830 managed acres five miles south of Lafayette along U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County; 567 acres tillable
  • Rolling silt loam soils at the original farm and some variation across the Meigs addition
  • Two active manmade wetlands
  • 20 acres of timber used for forestry research

Heritage

Dr. George Throckmorton donated the property to Purdue Agriculture in 1935 in memory of his father Edmund. It was deemed the “Edmund Throckmorton Farm Memorial” as a tribute to this pioneer leader of Tippecanoe County. In the late 1990s, horticultural and specialty crop research was relocated from the old Horticultural and O’Neall Memorial Farms to the Meigs Farm, which is part of TPAC. The center today encompasses four separate pieces – the home farm, Meigs North, Meigs South, and Meigs East.

Contact Us

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

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

 

Resources

  • Thirteen high tunnels in operation
  • Crops processing facility with two walk-in coolers for produce and plant materials
  • At the Meigs Farm, 145 acres set up for drip and overhead irrigation, and the site has been extensively tiled for optimum drainage
  • Five full-time employees, including a horticulture crops manager and specialty crops specialist
  • Seasonal labor
  • Twilight tours, topic-specific workshops, biannual pruning workshop

 CURRENT RESEARCH

TPAC is unique in its close proximity to campus. It is home to almost one-third of Purdue agricultural research projects, with current work involving 30 different crops. Research focuses on weed management, insect management, soil fertility, agronomic crop production, ornamentals, fruit and vegetable production, biological controls, systems engineering, hardwood production, woodland and habitat management, and resistance management of weeds and insects. New areas of interest include organic and high tunnel vegetable production.

Researchers from the departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture are currently working at TPAC and the Meigs Farm.


Learn More About PAC's

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

Field Days. 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...

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