Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center turns 100

Visitors learn about corn varieties at the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah, Ind.

WANATAH, Ind. — The Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center in northern Indiana is celebrating 100 years of agricultural research this year.

One hundred years ago, William E. Pinney and his daughter, Myra Pinney Clark, gifted 486 acres of farmland on the La Porte-Porter county line near Wanatah to Purdue University.

The dedication was for “the advancement of agriculture and the enrichment of country life.”

The farm now includes 664 acres, 560 of which are tillable. There also are woodlands and ponds on the property.

Research projects at Pinney Purdue have changed over the years, but the mission has stayed the same — to provide local research on important issues.

On the farm, Red Poll cattle once were bred to find the best combination of a beef and dairy cow possible. There also was research on early corn and soybeans varieties that continues to this day.

Over the years, horticulture research was added, including projects on tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, pumpkins, high tunnels and more.

Research capitalizes on resources unique to this region of Indiana, which includes sandier soil and an abundant water supply.

Studies involve research on solving crop pest and disease problems.

Learn more about Pinney Purdue at

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.


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