Farm Safety Amid Chaos

August 19, 2019

By Ryan Zelhart
District 11
Young Leader Committee Member


Agriculture is one of the most rewarding industries that you can be in. However, at the same time it is one of the most dangerous. We just came out of spring planting season that was one for the record books - one that many of us have never experienced before.

A wet weather pattern started in October, causing a lot of fall applications to be put off until spring. When spring came, the wet weather decided it was here to stay, causing more headaches and room for concern. Mother Nature, as great as she is, decided to give us a few sunny days every couple of weeks to "dry up enough" to start rolling again.

What did we do with so much to do and only 24 hours in a day? We seized as much of those 24 hours in the day as possible! Spraying pre-plant and anhydrous, planting, and post-emergence spraying were all happening simultaneously. With all this chaos, how do we keep our focus? How do we not lose our cool when something breaks or gets stuck? How do we maintain the level of farm safety that we should always be? 

Farm safety always needs to be at the forefront of our thinking. We operate and work around big machinery day in and day out. Take the extra time to make sure you are protecting your life and the life of those working around you. Formulate a safety plan! Maybe it’s always having two people around when you are loading/unloading a grain bin. It could be taking time to hydrate while bucking bales in the heat of summer. Perhaps you wait for an extra set of hands to help lift that heavy machinery. It could even be taking just 15 minutes to enjoy a field meal with your loved ones.

Take a moment to stretch your legs, catch your breath, and refuel for the hours ahead. We are only given one body and one life, and it is ours to keep safe and healthy. It seems all too often; we hear of farming accidents - something that hits way too close to home for all of us. So, take some time to prepare and refresh your farm safety plan today to ensure a safe and smooth harvest season.