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Motorists, farmers need to watch out for each other


BY LINDSAY MCCOY Times Bulletin News Writer lmccoy@timesbulletin.com With the harvest season for corn and beans in Ohio beginning at the end of September for farmers, it is important that drivers take extra safety while sharing the road with large farm equipment. During National Farm Safety and Health Week which is held each year from Sept. 19-25, officials are eager to share extra tips for road safety. According to Purdue Universitys article on harvest time safety, farmers are encouraged to be good citizens by making sure their equipment has working lights including both front, back, and turn signals, and are also encouraged to travel with a slow moving vehicle sign (red triangle with orange edges). Any vehicle that moves slower than 25 miles per hour is required by law to travel with one of these signs. Traveling with flashing hazard lights also helps to make these vehicles extra noticeable to oncoming traffic. Fall is a very busy time in the agricultural community, said Scott Eickholt, farmer of Eickholt Farms in Van Wert. There are a lot of farmers trying to perform a variety of tasks promptly and safely. Equipment is so large that it does sometimes affect the flow of traffic, but if people can remain patient most farmers will pull off and let them pass as quickly as possible. It can be more difficult to get over than people may realize because a farmer is constantly watching for mailboxes and also making sure the road ditch isnt too steep for the equipment. While following a slow moving vehicle such as a combine, large tractor, or even a pickup pulling a grain bin, drivers on the road also need to take extra caution. Drivers should follow these vehicles at a safe distance as they often make frequent stops upon reaching their fields. Only pass when the path is clear and safe. Farmers will often drive on the shoulder of the road to give drivers extra room, but it is still important to slow down while passing and watch for narrow two-lane roads. Tractors and other farm equipment only make up a small total of motor vehicle accidents nationally, but fatal motor vehicle collisions with farm equipment is nearly five times higher than those of other vehicles. In these accidents, the farm vehicle driver was killed nearly twice as often as the driver of the other vehicle. The most frequent type of singlevehicle accidents is a farm tractor being driven to close to the shoulder of the road and rolling into a ditch. So while many farmers try to be courteous and make more room for drivers, they must also remember their own safety as well. The most common types of farm equipment collisions typically come from left-turn and rear-end collisions. Left-turn collisions happen when a driver attempts to pass farm equipment and fails to realize the machinery is about to make a wide left-turn. Rear-end collisions occur when a driver cannot slow down in time and collides with the slow moving ag vehicle. The extreme difference in travel speed between slow moving farm equipment and regular speed oncoming vehicles often does not leave a driver with enough time to slow down before reaching the farm vehicle. A driver should begin to slow down as soon as they see a slow moving vehicle sign, just as they would if they saw a stop sign ahead to ensure enough time to reduce speed. Overall, visibility is the key to being safe while driving during harvest season. Be seen and be safe. It is also important to be patient and not get upset if equipment does not move out of the way immediately. As a representative of Eickholt Farms and the agricultural community, I want to thank everyone for their patience with large equipment and lets have a safe traveling fall, said Eickholt.

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Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys
(ARA) The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you live on a farm or plan to visit one this season, now is the perfect time to remind children about important safety tips for working and playing around equipment. Each year more than 15,000 children who visit, live or work on farms or ranches are injured and more than 100 children die of agriculture-related injuries in the United States alone, according to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. With staggering statistics like these, its time to make a change by developing a safety first attitude for the entire family. Its always a good time to talk safety, says Greg Embury, vice president of sales and marketing for Kubota Tractor Corporation. We encourage parents to regularly sit down with children of all ages and remind them to be extremely careful around any type of equipment tractors, lawn and garden equipment and utility vehicles are tools and not toys. To help parents start the safety conversation with their children, Kubota is offering farm safety tips and getting kids directly

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involved through its Farm Safety Coloring Contest. Now through Oct. 1, 2012, families of children 12 and younger can download a page from the Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety coloring book and color and send it in for a chance to win prizes. Visit Kubota.com and click on the Safety tab to find out how you and your family can learn more about farm safety while showing off your creative skills. Kubota offers the following tips to help equipment owners and operators start the safety conversation with kids: Stop, look and listen when playing outside, especially on the farm, and always be aware of your surroundings. Farm equipment is not safe for children to ride on even when an adult is present.

Tractors are not toys. They are powerful machines only to be used by adults who are thoroughly familiar with the equipment. Children should never ride a tractor. Just say no if someone wants to give you a ride. It is not safe to be a rider when the tractor is intended for one operator. Stay out of the path of all moving equipment. And, stand far away from a tractor when it is being started, when it is running and especially when it is working. Never stand behind a tractor whether it is running or not the operator might not see you and you could get hurt. Be a safety first sheriff and encourage use of seatbelts for your entire family. Just like in a car, a tractor is equipped with a seatbelt for safety. Additionally, a Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) on a tractor is in place to protect the driver/operator. Other ways to get involved include participating in local education programs. The Progressive Agriculture Foundation holds a Safety Day education program designed to make safety education and training available for children year-round. Now in its 18th year, the program will conduct more than 420 Safety Day events in 2012 across the U.S. and Canada, reaching 100,000 participants. To find a safety program near you, visit www.ProgressiveAg.org.

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As farmers prepare to harvest a poorer-than-expected corn and soybean crop, they have to consider whether to hold onto their grain and hope for higher prices or sell it right out of the field. In most cases, farmers should skip storage and take their grain directly to the elevator, says Corinne Alexander, a Purdue University agricultural economist. From an economics perspective, in short crop years one of the things we tend to see is that prices peak early, either before or during harvest, and then decline through the remainder of the marketing year, Alexander says. The market is giving a strong signal to farmers to deliver early and at harvest because storage will not be profitable. This is true for both corn and soybeans. Markets reacted strongly to a pair of Aug. 10 U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. One report estimated a 2012 national corn crop of just 10.8 billion bushels and a soybean crop of only 2.69 billion bushels, down 13% and 12%, respectively, from 2011. Another report projected lower world grain supplies for the 2012 marketing year. That news, along with a continued decline in crop condition as a summer-long drought dragged on, sent prices for corn and soybeans soaring. In recent weeks corn has eclipsed $8 a bushel while soybeans have shot past $16 a bushel. Farmers considering waiting out the market for even higher prices could be leaving money on the table if they put their grain in a bin, Alexander said. Prices are likely to come down in the first quarter of 2013 as South American farmers harvest their corn and soybeans and provide some relief for stressed world stocks. There are only two reasons farmers should store grain in a short crop year, Alexander says. Those would include livestock producers who are supplying their own feed or producers who have contracts with either food or ethanol processors where the contract specifies a later delivery date, she says. Storing grain could present a host of challenges this fall, including drydown methods, mold, leftover fine material in bins and insects, says Richard Stroshine, a grain quality specialist. Grain could be going into bins at higher moisture levels and temperatures because many farmers planted early and could be harvesting later this month or in September when temperatures are hotter than in the typical harvest months of October and November, Stroshine says. Unless farmers work fast to get grain dried down to appropriate levels, their crop could spoil in the bin. If grain is placed in a bin dry it needs to be cooled using aeration, taking advantage of cooler nighttime temperatures, Stroshine says. That is especially true of corn. Mold will grow at 15% moisture if the corn is fairly warm say, 80 degrees or so, Stroshine says. Its very slow, but there still can be mold growth there that could eventually compromise your ability to store the corn. For early harvested corn, Stroshine recommends a stored moisture

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content of 14.5%, or 13% if the grain will be stored through next summer. To get corn down to those lower moisture levels rapidly, farmers should use high-temperature cross flow drying. Farmers who need to dry in the bin can increase the drying rate using a technique called layer drying, Stroshine says. Like the name implies, a farmer will place grain in the bin in layers while continuously drying. That first layer will dry faster than normal, and by the time you put your second layer in the bin you will have gotten some field drydown of that grain, which should save some in-bin drying time, he says. Another thing to remember is if you dont remove the fine material from the bin before you put grain into it youll need to core your bin. Fine material tends to concentrate in the center of the bin. To core the bin, open the center well, pull out a load and you should get a lot of those fines out. If your grain is peaked you also should level the top surface, which is very important for good aeration. Other issues farmers should keep in mind as they harvest and store grain this year include: Crop insurance. Crop losses incurred in the field are covered by insurance but post-harvest crop losses are not.

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Grain breakage. Dry kernels and kernels that have been invaded by fungi in the field will break up more easily, so youll need to set your combine at the lowest cylinder speed you can to get a decent removal of kernels from the cobs, Stroshine says. Youll also probably have a lot of foreign material with those kernels pieces of stalk and cob - that could cause some problems. You might need some kind of cleaning equipment to help you out because I dont think the combine will be able to do it alone. Aspergillus ear rot. The hot and dry summer has provided a good environment for the development of this fungus in corn. The fungus produces aflatoxin, a carcinogen that can be harmful or fatal to livestock fed the infected corn. Grain testing can identify infected kernels. Removing fine material and small kernels from the harvested grain can reduce the levels of mycotoxins but not eliminate them altogether. Insects. Higher populations of grain-damaging bugs are expected this year with the warmer temperatures and the availability of broken kernels and fine material as food. Insect problems have been reported in grain already in storage. Additional grain storage tips are available on the Purdue Post Harvest Grain Quality website at http://www.grainquality.org. General agricultural drought information can be found on the Purdue Extension drought website at http://www.purdue.edu/drought.

er generation will use to run a successful operation. Again, its all about managing risk. Sometimes thats easier said than done though. While 62 percent of survey respondents said they find non-insured crop disaster assistance programs useful, many indicated increased interest in crop insurance programs. Farmers with crop insurance said about 41 percent of their production losses and 38 percent of their income losses this year will be covered by crop insurance

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Our farm has always strived to produce a little more than we need. Most years this is a headache but this year we will be using this surplus. Farmers should be responsible enough to plan ahead and insure their crop to sustain themselves. Forty-five percent with crop insurance said their agents have been very helpful during this drought period, while 39 percent of respondents had yet to talk with a crop insurance agent. For complete details, visit your local crop insurance agent or visit USDAs risk management website.

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