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Heavy Rains, Farm Safety & Winter Wheat

Heavy Rains, Farm Safety & Winter Wheat

County Agent News
Dan Folske
August 25, 2014

 Heavy Rains & Farm Safety

            Heavy rains in part of the county midweek followed by heavy rains over the weekend have caused down crops, soft roads, and potential harvest nightmares for many producers. Reports of high scab and VOM levels are also worrisome for producers. Bins still full of the 2013 crop and local elevators with little room. All these add up to major stress levels for producers in the coming weeks. Stress and long difficult harvest levels can add up to extreme safety risks. Farming ranks as a high risk profession and producers need to take time for safety.

            It’s easy for me to say “Take time for both physical safety and mental health during this year’s harvest. High stress levels and long hours resulting in accidents will not get a crop in the bin.”

            Harvest is a period with high farm accident rates and depression related farm suicides. Take time for your health and safety this harvest season!

            On the plus side, the soaking rains are great for the pastures and will provide plenty of moisture to get winter wheat started if you can get it planted!

Winter Wheat

            With the press of a difficult harvest producers may want to take advantage of this rain delay to make sure they have their winter wheat seed and seeding equipment ready. Winter wheat can be a good choice for many of those PP acres out there and is a good tool to reduce your spring workload by having some acres already planting and growing when the spring of 2015 gets here. The past winter was a good reminder that selection of winter hardy varieties and planting into standing residue are good practices. More information about varieties and management practices can be found at http://www.wintercereals.us/

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