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The Purdue Student Farm adapts during COVID-19

November 4, 2020

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Wild persimmon

October 30, 2020
Prokopy in woods with NRES student

Professor’s path leads her to a new landscape

October 22, 2020

Whether she was growing up in rural England, attending high school and college in Michigan and graduate school in North Carolina, or now living and working in West Lafayette, Linda Prokopy has always been keenly aware of the landscapes that surround her.


It’s a great pumpkin year, Charlie Brown

October 22, 2020

With horticulture degrees from Purdue, assistant professor of weed science Stephen Meyers and his wife Jess were ahead of the curve – or ahead of the carve – when it came to growing pumpkins.

Meyers has always been interested in horticulture, professionally and personally. When the couple recently moved back to Indiana, they decided to use some of their land to grow and sell pumpkins, which afforded Meyers a deeper appreciation for some of the gourd’s temperamental tendencies.

Hydroponic plants

Purdue study addresses environmental, economic impacts of hydroponic, aquaponics systems

October 22, 2020
Linda Prokopy

Purdue Agriculture dean appoints Prokopy as new department head for horticulture and landscape architecture

October 12, 2020

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has announced that Linda Prokopy, professor of forestry and natural resources, will be the new department head for horticulture and landscape architecture (HLA). Prokopy, a member of the College of Agriculture faculty for 17 years, was selected after a national search.


Center for Plant Biology boosts Purdue’s plant sciences profile

September 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many aspects of life on the Purdue campus to change. Faculty and graduate students are rising to the challenge, redesigning lab courses in creative and innovative ways.


College of Agriculture’s freshman class reveals its resilience

September 17, 2020
“Peter Hirst, Purdue Extension fruit specialist, speaks with Calvin Beasley, owner of Beasley’s Orchard, during filming of the virtual fruit and vegetable field day.”

Purdue Extension steps in to help Hoosier fruit growers

September 2, 2020

From juicy red strawberries to sweet apples and melons, Indiana is home to many fruit growers. While each year presents its challenges in the field, this year Indiana faced an unfortunate late frost event, causing crop damage during a crucial point in the growing period. Outside of the fields, growers faced another challenge, creating a safe and healthy environment for employees and customers.


New faculty members join College of Agriculture

August 26, 2020

Virtual field days present challenges and benefits

August 21, 2020

Hundreds of green industry professionals gather every summer for Purdue’s Turf and Landscape Field Day. As COVID-19 spread, so did the realization that 2020’s event would look different.

Grass Seed

For a healthy lawn in 2021, seed and feed now

August 17, 2020

“You may notice that some areas of your lawn have declined or died this summer,” said Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture at Purdue University. “That can happen to anyone. It is nothing to beat yourself up over and does not mean you are a failure as a green thumb. You can fix the problem.”


Purdue Student Farm sees record yields, brings produce to the public

July 30, 2020

Soil microbiome can improve carrot resistance to deadly fungus

June 30, 2020

What you need to know to start your own pollinator garden

June 23, 2020

Bats, beetles, flies, moths, birds, butterflies and bees: can you guess what all these have in common?

They can all be pollinators and, in many parts of the country, including the Midwest, their populations are under threat. Increased urbanization, use of pesticides, global warming and many other factors have severely diminished pollinator populations throughout North America.

Mower wheel

Horticulture professor shares essential advice for a healthy lawn

June 16, 2020

“Plants don’t know COVID-19 is here,” said Cale Bigelow, a professor of horticulture at Purdue University. “They don’t know if it’s a weekend or holiday. They’ve still got to be taken care of.”

With Americans spending more time at home, Bigelow sees an opportunity for homeowners to tackle postponed lawn care projects and get their yards in top shape. Bigelow shared his advice on how to have a healthy lawn.


Landscape architecture graduate works with grassroots project to reimagine an Indiana brownfield

June 3, 2020

“I’m a break dancer. That’s how I first became interested in issues of environmental justice,” Shuangwen Yang, a 2020 landscape architecture graduate, said.

Yang was explaining why she wanted to pursue a landscape architecture project focused on environmental justice for her capstone project and how she became involved in a Hartford City, Ind., initiative to reimagine a brownfield site and cancer cluster.


When teachers become the students: Four takeaways from the virtual classroom

April 24, 2020

Purdue horticulture professor receives award for illuminating secrets of the Voynich manuscript

March 17, 2020

Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Omar Zayed

January 17, 2020

OMAR ZAYED “Understanding plant tolerance mechanisms to overcome abiotic stress — and providing a new technique to help plants to be more resistant to salinity…


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