Agronomy Blog

Farm Safety and Common Sense

by Travis Dollarhide | Apr 30, 2018

Planting is in full swing now after a somewhat cold spring delay. Plans that have been in place since last fall are becoming reality, whether it is planting more of that great hybrid from last year or using a new piece of equipment to get the job done better. It is good to get started on the new crop year. I see farm families eating meals in the field, anhydrous wagons, tractors planters spray equipment and tillage equipment all are busily engaged in in getting the new crop in the ground.

Yesterday I was passed by a service truck from a local retailer at a high rate of speed in a spot that was not conducive to good visibility, it was late in the day and I am sure he had better places to be than fixing a broken piece of equipment in the field. I am reminded of the lyrics of an Alabama song from 1992:
         “I'm in a hurry to get things done.
          Oh, I rush and rush until life's no fun
          All I really gotta do is live and die
          But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.”
"I'm in a Hurry " is a song written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer, and recorded by American country music band Alabama. It was released in September 1992

To put this in perspective, we do know why. The optimum planting window is often short and the farm economy today demands that we grow a good crop to make up for low market prices, but we want to leave out the “die” and keep the “live” part.

Farming is the most dangerous industry in the nation, it is a diverse industry with operators dealing with many potentially hazardous situations.  Children under 15 and adults over 65 are most at risk. Some of the most common potential hazards during the planting season are:

  • Chemicals/Pesticides, operating large equipment on rural roads, ATV’s, fatigue

I put common sense in the title of this blog because safety is primarily just that, recognizing potentially dangerous situations and protecting not only yourself, but those who work around you from harm. Use your safety equipment -- equipment flashers, guards, proper maintenance, and personal protective gear, gloves, goggles, coveralls etc…These can and do help reduce injuries

In Illinois, Fire and Rescue districts are all transiting to a uniform 911 call number, with modern technology the dispatcher can tell where the call is coming from. I do not know if this is true everywhere but at the very least find out and program these numbers in your cell phone.

There are many helpful sites devoted to safety information and accident prevention, here are three:
https://nfu.org/farmsafety/
https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/FarmFactS2.pdf
https://farmsafety.mo.gov/

Take your time, do the job right, use common sense and be safe!

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