KA-BOOM! The outdoor disease called “Get-done-itis” plus lightening can be fatal. “Get-done-itis” sometimes affects field workers who think finishing their work is more important than their safety. Here is a True or False quiz, “Don’t stop working in your plots until you get rained on.” FALSE! This is especially false if you are exposed out in the open spaces of ACRE’s fields. Seek immediate protection inside your vehicle and proceed in when lightening is in the area. Another True or False question is, “Don’t worry I am protected from lightening by the towers or the big electrical transmission line that runs across the ACRE.” This too is false. You are still at risk from a lightening strike if you are out in the open. I have witnessed a lightening strike on the power line and the charge arced off to the ground. So if lightening is in the area just be safe and seek shelter. Think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
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.