Formerly known as the Landisville Experiment Station, the Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SEAREC) is located in Lancaster County, in the heart of the most intensive farming area in Pennsylvania. Southeastern and southcentral Pennsylvania has a different climate than the rest of the state (a longer growing season, warmer average temperatures and higher relative humidity). Because of this, the work done at SEAREC is applicable to most of the Mid-Atlantic states. Research on the 155 acres at the Center involves the Departments of Plant Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology plus the USDA and some county extension educators. In addition to providing specific conditions for research, the facility increases opportunities for growers, consumers, and students to observe experiments and to consult with scientists.
Over 50 projects a year include variety testing of corn, soybean, small grain, forages, annual and perennial flowers, flowering crabapples, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkin and other horticultural crops. Other research focuses on pest control (disease, insect and weeds), cover crops, inoculants, fertility and environmental management.
Every growing season, SEAREC is host to dozens of field days, workshops, public events, tours and other educational opportunities.
Produce generated by the research that takes place at SEAREC is shared with Pennsylvania families in need through a partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank , Hempfield Area Food Pantry , and the Orwigsburg Food Pantry. Together we are working toward the goal of ending hunger in Pennsylvania.
Visits or tours are available by appointment by calling the Center.