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.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #33

Yes there are hazards at ACRE, but one of the more serious hazards is present just before you enter the farm. That hazard is traffic on US Highway 52 as you try to turn into the farm. Use extreme caution when entering or leaving the farm entrance and at the County Road 400 W. intersection. Use patience and exercise caution. Use your turn signal. When trying to turn in, watch in your rear view mirror for tailgaters or inattentive drivers. If you think you will get rear-ended, then pull over or abort the turn and continue to the next safe place to turn around and try again. If you are in a tight situation at the main entrance then County Road 500 W may be an alternative to the 4540 entrance. Just drive on down there and safely turn into the farm. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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