8 safety reminders for planting season

As the hours build up, don't forget to work safely.

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Spring poses a high risk of injury for farmers as fatigue, stress and pressure build. Not only are hours long and the workload heavy, but farmers also deal with equipment breakdowns and weather-related issues. 

Staying safe during planting is challenging. Illinois Farm Bureau offers these tips to help farmers stay alert during planting season:

- Eat balanced meals.

- Set realistic work priorities.

- Consider hiring help for the busy weeks of planting. Don’t try to do it all yourself.

- Stay well hydrated to maintain awareness.

- Be as rested as you can be. If necessary, shut down for a few minutes to take a nap. Even a 20-minute break with a short nap can really help improve alertness.

- Take a short walk. Sitting for long periods of time is hard on your back and neck, which can make you tired.

- Always have your cellphone handy.

- Remember to share the roads with vehicles and other farm equipment.

Related: Economist says there’s no need to panic over planting delays. Read more here.

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