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Follow Signs of Stress
This late spring is adding a bit more stress as
farmers worry about getting their crops planted in a timely manner. First of
all, remember there is no need to panic! We're still within the planting
window for optimal corn yields, so work your crop plan.
Many farmers will have a tendency to work longer
days and at a faster pace to make up for lost time in April and early May. This
push and rush to get crops planted while the sun shines will lead farmers to skip a meal, forget to drink enough water, as well as cut a few corners that
could pose a safety risk.
Take the time to take care of yourself. Proper nutrition is key to making good
decisions, staying alert, and fueling your body, says Corey Catt of Latham
Hi-Tech Seeds. As one of the industry’s most renowned forage specialists, Catt is
passionate about helping farmers produce healthy meat, milk, and eggs. He also
is passionate about how food sources affect human health.
Catt has seen firsthand how health maladies are
closely related to one’s nutrition because he works part-time in the emergency
room in St. Paul, Minnesota. That's why Catt
says it's so important to recognize – and obey – the signals your body is sending.
For example, symptoms of dehydration include,
but are not limited to: increased thirst, dizziness, confusion, and an inability
to sweat. Remember to drink plenty of water. Dairy products, tea, and fruit or
vegetable juices can help you stay hydrated, too.
Listen to your body and watch for signs of
stress from those around you. Click here to view symptoms of three potentially
life-changing emergencies. Put safety
first this spring planting season – and always. A little time now could save
you lots of “time off” later!