Agronomy

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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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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Cover Crop Harvest

Long-term study will offer more data on cover crop benefits

Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion and weed pressure, reduce nitrogen leaching, increase soil organic matter, and potentially decrease nitrogen fertilizer application rates…

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Poor forage quality spurs concerns over malnutrition this winter

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 University News Story

A Purdue University Extension specialist is warning livestock owners that forage they harvested earlier this year likely has lower-than-usual nutritional quality. Without proper supplements, there could be serious consequences for their animals.

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Professor Torbert’s Orange Corn Grits part of Apollo 12 moon landing anniversary celebration

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Is Orange Corn the next Tang? Probably not, concedes Torbert Rocheford, but the colors are alarmingly similar. Rocheford, the Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in the Department of Agronomy, is known for developing a naturally biofortified variety of Orange Corn. This vibrant variety of corn is commercialized through…

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Purdue hemp experts to speak at event

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University representatives will speak at the Hemp at the Crossroads Education and Trade Show in Indianapolis on Nov. 16-17. The Midwest Hemp Council is hosting the inaugural event for current and prospective hemp growers and others in the hemp i…

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Professor Torbert’s orange corn grits headed to Kennedy Space Center

Monday, November 4th, 2019 University News Story

“I don’t think you can make grits in space,” contemplated Torbert Rocheford, the Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in the Purdue University Department of Agronomy. “Well, maybe if you had a microwave.”

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$9 million from DOE, partners to take plant sensing from lab to market

Monday, November 4th, 2019 University News Story

Sending breeders into fields to manually measure the characteristics of plants is slow, laborious and expensive. Remote sensing technologies, coupled with advanced analytics, offer the promise of faster, more accurate data collection to improve the spe…

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Purdue receives first USDA grant to study organic hemp production

Monday, October 28th, 2019 University News Story

When the 2018 Farm Bill legalized production of hemp, the deluge of phone calls from potential growers to scientists and state administrators quickly made it clear how little information is available for those hoping to plant the crop.

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Local sunshine meets local needs with global impact; key is cogenerating electricity alongside farming

Monday, October 21st, 2019 University News Story

A team of engineers, agronomists and economists at Purdue University’s Center for Sustainable Food, Energy and Water Systems (SFEWS), supported by the National Science Foundation, are developing novel photovoltaic (PV) module designs for use on agricul…

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