Crops & the Changing Environment  

We are on the cutting edge of research to adapt crops to the ever-changing environment. We are developing cropping systems technology to provide a competitive edge for Indiana farmers and the agriculture industry to help feed Indiana, America, and the world on fewer acres of agricultural land. Our expertise includes environmental sustainability through cropping systems, developing responsible fertilizer and pesticide practices to increase crop yields and reduce contamination, creating and using precision farming technologies, and reducing greenhouse gases through innovative cropping systems.  The genetic discoveries we make will feed the world, improve human nutrition, and provide new uses for plants such as biofuels, building products, and substitutes for plastics.

  • Develop Resilient Crop Production Practices

  • Improve Crops Globally Through Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding

  • Enhance Nutritional & Industrial Quality ​

Faculty in Crops & the Changing Environment

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Joseph Anderson, Department Head
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-4774

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Shaun Casteel
Soybean Production
(765) 494-0895
Phil DeVillez
Purdue Crop Performance Program
(765) 583-1406 
Rebecca Doerge (STAT/AGRY)
Genomics & Quantitative Genetics
(765) 494-6037 
Gebisa Ejeta 
Sorghum Genetics & Breeding
(765) 494-4320

Bruce Erickson 
Distance Education & Outreach Director
(765) 494-7540
Corey Gerber 
Corey Gerber
Diagnostic Training and Research Ctr
(765) 496-3755
Karen Hudson (USDA/ARS)
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-8057
Yiwei Jiang
Turfgrass & Perennial Plant Physiology
(765) 494-0651

Keith Johnson
Forage Management
(765) 494-4800
Jianxin Ma
Comparative Plant Genomics & Soybean Genetics
(765) 496-3662
Mohsen Mohammadi
Small Grains Breeding & Genetics
(765) 496-6851
Robert Nielsen
Corn Production
(765) 494 4802

Katy Martin Rainey 
Katy Martin Rainey
Soybean Breeding & Genetics
(765) 494-1212

Torbert Rocheford

Torbert Rocheford
Maize Genetics & Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9243

Steven Scofield
Steven Scofield (USDA/ARS)
Plant Molecular Biology
(765) 494-3674

Lee Schweitzer 
Lee Schweitzer
Plant Physiology
(765) 494-4789

 Daniel Szymanski 
Daniel Szymanski (AGRY/BTNY)
Plant Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-8092
Mitch Tuinstra

Mitch Tuinstra
Maize Genetics & Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9093
Jeffrey Volenec

Jeffrey Volenec
Forage Physiology
(765) 494-8071
Tony Vyn

Tony Vyn
Cropping Systems
(765) 496-3757
Cliff Weil

Cliff Weil
Maize Genetics & Genomics
(765) 496-1917
Christie Williams
Christie Williams (USDA/ARS)
Molecular Genetics
(765) 494-6763
Cankui Zhang
Cankui Zhang
Crop Physiology
(765) 496-6889​​


Department of Agronomy, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053 USA, (765) 494-4773

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