Harvest season starts slow but safety precautions are still important

Harvest season starts slow but safety precautions are still important (NTV News)

Farmers got a late start on harvest this season and that could mean short cuts to make up for it. Many are now a few weeks behind and rushing could bring mistakes.

Extension Educator Todd Whitney said all the rain pushed back harvest, but not enough to impact this season's yield. While farmers catch back up, some might put in overtime, or rush around jobs. An accident on the job could be as easy as not watching where you're going.

"Even though you have the capacity to be doing several things at the same time, I do know of a case where someone got distracted looking at their G.T.N. and ran the implement into the pivot," said Whitney.

Even in a hurry, there are still safety precautions to take, and making sure you're safe during this harvest season isn't just the farmer's job. Todd said the public can help, too.

"Every year we've emphasized, especially for the public, to keep in mind that farm machinery that's on the road is not driving the same speed as much of our other road vehicles are," said Whitney.

Meaning, to avoid an accident, make sure you're slowing down if you see a slow-moving vehicle. This year, Todd hasn't heard of any injuries but he says the most common in the field are actually slips and falls. Todd has some advice to prevent these situations.

"Being aware of what could be the potential hazard, if I would happen to slip off of this nut when I'm trying to tighten it and just trying to be forward thinking about what could be potential hazards," said Whitney.

Mike Zwingman, of Central Valley Agriculture, talks about the work they get done in a hurry– saying in three weeks they'll be much further along because of how much time they've made up. Though he makes sure to mention staying safe even in a rush.

"The big thing there as a grower is to take care of yourself, you know watch out for those around you don't get in a hurry, no accidents and really just keep that pace going," said Zwingman.

According to Todd Whitney, this season, we're still waiting on half of soy beans to be harvested and corn has yet to begin.

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