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, April 30, 2014

ACRE conditions update

The rain gauge only showed 0.03” and I think it blew away in yesterday’s wind. Wow!

Soil conditions are shaping up beautifully.

I am guessing that later today we can do about any field preparation requested,

assuming our field cultivator gets fixed this morning.

We will expect the weather to hold for a few days.

Who wants to plant first now that conditions have improved?

If you want field work this week or by Monday please communicate your thoughts.