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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #13

Digging or using the probe truck at ACRE could be an “electrifying” experience. It is terribly unsafe to dig or probe the ground without knowing where underground utilities are buried at ACRE. Especially dangerous are the 3 buried high voltage underground power lines. At 7,200 volts the consequences of digging into any of the nearly 2 miles of underground lines could be disastrous. Do you and your employees know where they are? One runs from the west woods to the north side of the Beck building along field 5. Another runs from the S-curve on 500West to the weather station along the south side of fields 41, 51, and 52. The last line runs from the Welsh house, 4718 W 500N, to the Water Quality Field Station along the lane by field 105 and 106 then up the lane by 106, 107, 108, 110, and between 111, then across the earthen bridge and then along the west ends of fields 115, 116, 117, & 118. It crosses under the ditch and goes along the south side of the WQFS to the pad mount transformer. Additionally many other buried utilities are located at ACRE. So before you dig or use the probe truck locate utilities as required by Indiana State Law. Plan, think, and work safely at ACRE Thanks Jim

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