Meet Dr. César Escalante, the New Vegetable Pathologist at the Southwest-Purdue Ag Center – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Meet Dr. César Escalante, the New Vegetable Pathologist at the Southwest-Purdue Ag Center

Cesar Escalante

Greetings everyone! I am César Escalante, and I have recently been hired as the new vegetable pathologist by the Purdue Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Starting July 1, 2024, I will be at the Southwest-Purdue Ag Center in Vincennes, IN. I will be serving as a liaison to Indiana’s vegetable industry. As part of my extension program, I foresee establishing a fruitful interaction with large- and small-scale vegetable farmers of the state to support the identification of plant pathogens and the control and management of problems related to plant health. I want to extend my sincere intention to collaborate with Purdue faculty that continuously work to serve farmers throughout their extension efforts. Similarly, I hope to have close interactions with the state and national associations that advocate for improving vegetable farmer’s production in Indiana and beyond. In the following months, I will visit farmers, faculty, and grower association officers to introduce myself and learn about their needs and possible collaborations. In the meantime, my contact information is below if you have a question or need to contact me.


Office: (812) 886-0198

Address: 4369 N. Purdue Rd. Vincennes, IN  47591

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