Agronomy

Plant scientists maintain critical research to save data and irreplaceable plants

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The College of Agriculture accounted for more than a third of Purdue researchers who asked for access and support to continue critical research when facilities closed this spring.

With about 15 wiliwili trees in the Lilly Greenhouses, and only 150 left in the wild after an insect pest decimated its population, Purdue oversees an important concentration of this deciduous tree native to Hawaii. Scott McAdam, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology, has been growing the trees for three years.

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Carter with volunteers at Fish Fry

Purdue Ag Alumni Association volunteer earns national award

Friday, June 19th, 2020

“Ben Carter is an outstanding servant leader for the Purdue Ag Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “He is always there to lend a helping hand, whether it is at alumni events, the state fair, or helping to advocate for agriculture. He can be counted on to deliver in all circumstances and does it with a smile.”

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Eileen Kladivko performed a 35-year research project at SEPAC on field tile drainage. Pointing at signs.

Purdue Agronomy professor reflects on 35-year research project

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

“I was the new kid on the block when this project started in 1982,” said Eileen Kladivko, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “I knew almost nothing about drainage, but that quickly changed.”
Kladivko began her career at Purdue University as an assistant professor of agronomy. Little did she realize that for the next 35 years, she would work on a water drainage project that she initially learned about during her interview.

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Stephen Schwartz and his father

Homeschooled student excels through collaboration

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Stephen Schwartz experienced a bizarre sense of deja vu in his final weeks at Purdue, finding them oddly similar to his high school years: finishing his degree online while at the top of his class. However, Schwartz admits his satisfaction at being selected for the 2020 G.A. Ross Award as the top male student in Purdue’s graduating class of roughly 8,000 students outshines his accomplishments in his homeschool class of one.

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Alyson and Peyton at last year's ceremony

Soy-based herbicide takes top honors

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Let’s do that again!” thought Alyson Chaney and Peyton Clark as they stood on stage holding a $10,000 check. On March 27, 2019, after a challenging eight-month competition hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the pair was already planning their next moves.

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(Left to right) Cameron Mann, Justin Couetil and Stephen Schwartz

Award winners credit college’s contributions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Since 2003, 14 of the 36 G.A. Ross and Flora Roberts Award winners have been from the College of Agriculture. Justin Couetil, a biochemistry student, won the G.A. Ross Award in 2019. Cameron Mann won the Flora Roberts Award in 2017, representing agricultural communication and agribusiness.

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Wheat Misters

Purdue’s Herb Ohm sees decades of work come to fruition

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Herb Ohm had no intention of retiring in 2014. He still had work to do and, by his own calculations, he’d be in the field and lab for at least another three years when he would turn 70.

After earning his doctorate under famed Purdue wheat breeder and agronomist Fred Patterson, Ohm joined the Purdue faculty in 1971, eventually becoming the leader of the wheat-breeding program when Patterson retired in 1986. One of Ohm’s specialties was crossing wheat with wild and exotic species that contained genes long left behind by those who had cultivated modern wheat varieties. The hope was that those exotic species have natural genetic resistance to pests and diseases.

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Purdue study downgrades Arctic methane emissions thanks to soil microbes

Monday, March 30th, 2020 University News Story

Rising global temperatures are expected to thaw Arctic permafrost, reinvigorating the microorganisms that live in the region’s carbon-rich soils. When that happens, those microbes will begin consuming the carbon stored in the permafrost and emitting ma…

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Purdue’s AgGrowBOT showcases innovations and ideas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will host AgGrowBOT May 7-8 at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

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Butterfly on plants

Sara Cloutier smiling in a lab

Behind the Research: Sara Cloutier

Friday, February 7th, 2020

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their individual roles. Each academic year, we profile six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s…

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Indiana Forage Council to hold annual meeting

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 University News Story

The Indiana Forage Council will hold its Annual Meeting and Seminar at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the William H. Daniel Turfgrass Research and Diagnostic Center. The center is located at 1340 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette. Three speakers are scheduled to prese…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jing Huang

Monday, January 6th, 2020

JING HUANG “Accurately collecting plant vasculature is very challenging. We are establishing plantains as a model species to study vasculature-specific physiology and responses due to the ease of vascular tissue collection in this plant.” — Jing Huang, PhD student, Department of Agronomy   THE STUDENT Jing Huang’s career path was influenced by where she grew…

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Purdue Extension to host Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference

Monday, December 16th, 2019 University News Story

The Indiana Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 17-18) at the Indianapolis Marriott East. The conference is co-hosted by Purdue’s Field Crop Extension Team and the Indiana (CCA) Board. The two-day program of…

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Purdue crop seminar to focus on hemp production

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue Extension’s Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar on Dec. 19 will focus on Indiana hemp production, including regulations, growth, harvest, and marketing.

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Niki De Armond

Behind the Research: Niki De Armond

Monday, December 9th, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their individual roles. Each academic year, we profile six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Shelby Gruss

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

SHELBY GRUSS “High-throughput phenotyping is a huge field with new opportunities, and just to be part of it is exciting. You get to see new things and do things that people haven’t done before and that could help someone in the future.” — Shelby Gruss, PhD student, Agronomy   THE STUDENT Self-described “science person” Shelby…

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Purdue’s Top Farmer Conference will focus on strategies for mitigating risk in 2020

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue Top Farmer Conference, a management program for farmers that features some of the nation’s top experts on marketing, risk management and crop production, will take place Jan. 10 at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafaye…

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