Planting season is upon us! Here are some tips to help get through the season without injury or incident:
– Be mindful when you are transporting equipment, especially after dusk. Take a few minutes to make sure your lights are clean and working properly and that you have a slow moving vehicle sign on display.
– Pay attention to labels when using herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. It’s easy to overlook important details so snap a picture of the label on your phone for reference later.
– Watch for young children. Kids that are not ready to take on chores during planting season can become a hazard. Big machinery and load noises draw them in so make sure they are in a safe play area or away from the moving machinery.
– Always carry your cell phone. Having a phone on you can be life-saving in an emergency situation. Look at them as life-lines instead of an inconvenience when trying to get work done.
– Let your older children help. But remember to only assign them chores and tasks that they are ready for. Visit the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) to find out what chore is best four your kids.
Keeping these things in mind and being patient with ole Mother Nature will hopefully lead to a successful season!
And if there is a hint of doubt while putting in this year’s crop remember these words: “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson