Powered equipment at the ACRE may operate on a gasoline or diesel fuel engine. Safety around the fill tanks is critical. Turn off the piece of equipment to be filled. As with all flammables, you must keep fire and flames away. Carefully open the gas cap on hot equipment as vapor pressure may have built up in the tank and a fuel eruption might occur. These days gas or fuel fill caps should be vented to prevent the build up of pressure. If there is a chance of spilling gasoline on a hot engine or exhaust pipe you should let it cool before beginning the filling process. You might be surprised at the number of people who don’t know the difference between a gasoline verses a diesel engine. Using the proper fuel in the engine is very important. Stay with the machine during the filling process and monitor it. Even though the fill nozzle has an automatic shut off, do not wander off or become distracted. Accidental spills do happen and should be mitigated and properly cleaned up immediately. Remember to replace the cap on the equipment and return the fill nozzle to its docking saddle. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE.
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.