Practicing safety during harvest benefits all
To the editor:
Soon the farm fields will be busy with activity. Harvest is
an exciting time of a farm family’s work each year.
This year we need to be aware of the ongoing road construction
projects in the area. The detours are well-marked,
but if you are like me, you may have found a shortcut on side
roads to save time and miles.
As a farmer living on a popular alternate route, I encourage
you to slow down and be aware of tractors and trucks hauling the
crop from the fields. Please travel at a slower speed — for your
safety and that of area farmers. Do not pass without a clear view
of oncoming traffic. Do not turn in front of moving farm equipment
and semi-trucks, as they cannot stop on a dime.
Think about farm safety before it’s too late. Farmers, check
lights and turn signals daily. Make sure the slow-moving vehicle
signs are properly attached and that you have a fire extinguisher
with you. Placing safety cones near field approaches help drivers
know there could be a truck or tractor leaving the field. Make
sure family members know which field you will be working
in. Rest is a necessity. Be sure to stay hydrated and pack some
energy snacks.Challenging weather and equipment breakdowns
cause stress. Taking time to prepare for safety is time well-spent.
A safe harvest benefits us all.