Aerial view of SEPAC fields
SEPAC was established in 1977, when the state of Indiana transferred 830 acres from the Department of Mental Health's Muscatatuck State School to Purdue University. In 2005, the Department of Natural Resources transferred an additional 1,600 to Purdue University, bringing the total farm acreage to 2,430 acres.
The majority of soils at SEPAC are poorly drained silt loams. The soils have low organic matter content and are highly erosive. No-till farming practices are used on the majority of the cropland at SEPAC.