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National Farm Safety Week

National Farm Safety Week

As I drive across the county I have seen several combines that are beginning to harvest the first fields of soybeans that were planted.  With the nice weather this past week and the official arrival of fall many more producers will be beginning their soybean harvest within the week.  The corn will need some more time to dry down and mature, but it is beginning to look more like fall harvest every day. 

September 20-26 is National Farm Safety Week.  Farming and ranching is the eighth most dangerous occupation in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

As harvest is upon us please remember to take your time and be safe on the roadways and around equipment. You are likely to be sharing the road with individuals who aren’t familiar with driving farm equipment.  It takes extra time for large equipment to react and be able to stop.  Be cautious of your surroundings and take your time when traveling on public roads.   

NDSU Extension has developed window clings that include the 11 hand signals created by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. These clings are to be placed in tractor cabs, combine cabs and even self-propelled sprayers or trucks.  The clings are designed to help equipment operators communicate in a ‘language’ that both parties will understand to ultimately reduce the risk of a farm accident.  These clings are available from the NDSU Extension office in Sargent County.  NDSU Extension has also created a new farm and ranch safety website that includes many resources on the different aspects of farm and ranch safety.  For more information contact your local Extension Office or visit: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/farmsafety/

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