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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.

ACRE Safety Thought #75
ACRE activity may involve digging a hole or excavating. Two general risks are involved. First, people must be protected from accidentally falling in. Second, people working in the excavation must be protected from cave-in or entrapment with crushing. Purdue’s REM now has an Excavation Safety Policy It can be found on the web at. http://www.purdue.edu/REM/safety/esp.html Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE
ACRE Safety Thought #74
The big concern during hot weather is heat related illness especially dehydration and heat exhaustion. Crews working at ACRE should be proactive in protecting workers by providing plentiful replacement fluids, altering schedules, and monitoring workers’ health. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #73
Because heavy items can shift, remember to firmly and snugly secure all items during transport. If you are moving equipment on a truck or trailer then it is especially important to follow the guidelines involving multiple tie-down points. Think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #72
A quick safety thought for summer; if you are bitten or stung by an insect and sense you are having an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #71
A new trend in program administration is the “Impact Statement” This is also a constant risk at “Tall Corn” intersections, but does not create the good kind of impact statement. Seriously, when our corn gets tall, the visibility at the corners of fields is greatly reduced and creates blind intersections. Drivers must slow down to a near crawl in order to “nose out” and check for traffic. Never zoom through a tall corn intersection. With 135 numbered fields, ACRE has 22 miles of gravel and grass roadways with an intersection generally located at ¼ mile intervals one direction and 1/16th mile intervals the other direction. Since corn is grown in about half the fields, that is a lot of blind corners. So be cautious, slow down to a crawl, nose out carefully, and proceed through ACRE intersections with care. Think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought # 70
Remember that lightening can strike several miles ahead of or behind the actual rain. If you see lightening or hear thunder you should begin to exercise caution and initiate your safety plan for that situation. Think about it; even the soccer people suspend action for lightening in Indiana. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #069
Plan ahead for summer. Talk to you employees now about summer field activities. Heat and humidity can stress field workers. Both heat exhaustion and sun stroke are concerns. You should stay hydrated and take breaks more often. Protecting your head with a broad brimmed hat is smart. Check on fellow workers for symptoms including confusion. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #68
Watch out for congestion in the ACRE building area during our busy seasons. Add that to traffic from the Beck building and safety both driving and while walking around become even more important. Please stay aware of your surrounding and be on the watch out for hazards. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #067
No sunscreen equals sunburn. Use sunscreen and you won't sunburn so soon. Remember the sun is hot. Think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
ACRE Safety Thought #66
Many ACRE field workers take breaks or eat lunch in the picnic area just outside the Research Building. This is a nice, centrally located place near the breakroom and restrooms, but it is also a congested area with people and traffic in close proximity. If driving remember to stop at the stop sign and expect people to walk out of the breakroom door or the women’s restroom door, so drive slowly. If you are a pedestrian then be cautious and watch out for the traffic. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim
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