Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #12

Always be aware of the weather at ACRE. Our biggest concern is lightening and our second concern is the chance of a tornado. When we are in the field working, we all want to get the job done but for safety’s sake remember the lightening rules. Also, it can strike far ahead of the actual rain. So if you see it or hear thunder leave the openness of the field and head to the farm buildings or go back to campus. Avoid the area around the transmission lines from field 81 to the WQFS. Also do not get caught out on the farm with severe weather and the chance of a tornado. Return to a safe location ahead of the danger. As a last resort go to a ditch and hide. Make sure your employees know when to exercise good judgment in the field and can leave the field for safety. Our advantage at ACRE is the wide open spaces of the ACRE which should give everyone an early visual warning if you notice the approaching clouds. Think, plan, and practice safety at ACRE. Thanks Jim

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