Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center

The Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center stands as a world-class field phenotyping facility and positions Purdue with a cutting-edge platform for STEM education and research: bringing together engineers, aviation scientists, computer scientists, and agronomists to apply their knowledge to the most pressing problems in plant sciences in the most difficult and important environment – the field that impacts our entire food production system.

Thanks to tremendous leadership and generosity from the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, other donors, and Purdue University, the center will establish and advance Purdue’s global leadership in field phenotyping to identify the most promising plants for future research and application.

This 25,500 square-foot facility is unique among the nation in field phenotyping capabilities, featuring state-of-the-art technologies for plant processing, seed analysis, threshing and shelling, advanced sensing, and data management. Students and researchers use team labs to build unmanned aerial systems (UAS), develop new apps and find new ways to analyze data. Information collected in the air, on the ground, and in the soil will be sent via fiber-optic cable to Purdue’s high-performance computing facilities on campus. This data will help researchers understand how genetics translate into plants’ performance in the field and ensure more precise application of nutrients, thus protecting the environment.

Facts about the Center

  • Only facility of its kind at an American university designed to yield world-changing research and profitable farming practices to address the world’s growing food needs
  • $15M automated field phenotyping facility serves as a catalyst and hub for multidisciplinary research, bringing together Indiana farmers, industry, and University faculty and students for a data revolution
  • 25,500 sq. ft. building is located on Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE), a 1,400-acre research station
  • 5,000 sq. ft. high bay space with 25 ft. clearance allows for innovative phenomics tool development, such as large-scale sensing equipment and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Data transfers directly back to Purdue campus through 10Gb per second fiber optics, which is nearly 1,000 times as fast as the average internet connection in the US
  • Capable of producing 10 Terabytes of data a week – that’s comparable to 40 days of video or 17,000 hours of music!
  • 9 registered unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on site and certified for flight over the 1,400-acre Purdue research farm
  • Lee Avenger high-clearance sprayer with customized ground-based sensor array and variable width and height adjustments
  • 200 ft. main hallway is a multi-purpose space and the ideal environment to calibrate sensors
  • 13 threshing and shelling lines are easily reconfigurable and modular, providing optimal efficiency during peak seasons – an exclusively unique attribute of the facility

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Find Us

Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center
4750 U.S. 52 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-494-2007

Click here to request a tour!

From the North: Take exit 193 for U.S. 231 south. Turn left on U.S. 52 W. Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center is on the left.

From the South: Take I 65 N. to exit 175, turn left on to Schuyler Ave. Turn right onto Sagamore Pkwy N. follow thru W. Lafayette and continue on 52 W. to the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center on the right.

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