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, Minn. 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!