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, December 22, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #27

Hazards at ACRE include plot threshers and sample choppers. These implements many include hazards from Power-Take-Off shafts, engines, motors, belts, and pulleys. Additionally the open throat where material is fed into the device presents another hazard. All shielding and guards must be in place. Avoid loose clothing that might get caught in the equipment. Avoid sticking a hand or foot into the feeder throat to push plant material through. Operate safely by using the owners manual and get training before starting. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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