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Be Prepared for Spring Planting With Pre-Season Safety Practices
Spring planting season is just around the corner. Some producers are already getting a jump on the season, making early preparations. Planting season can be hectic. That makes it especially important to remember safe practices as farmers begin getting into their fields.
“Now is the time to take a good look at your equipment,” suggests Jerry Hillard, AVP of Farm Sales, Nationwide® Agribusiness Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA. “Producers should make sure each piece of equipment is ready for the planting season and, most importantly, review the safety features and procedures for each piece.”
Some of the pre-planting safety practices recommended by Hillard and the Loss Control team at Nationwide Agribusiness include:
- Verify that all exposed Power Take Off (PTO) units are properly guarded.
- Check to see that Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblems are properly positioned and in good condition. Replace worn or faded emblems.
- Perform a daily visual inspection prior to operating a tractor. During the inspection, pay close attention to hoses, fuel lines, belts, fittings and wiring.
- Make sure brakes are working properly and in good condition.
- Never allow riders on tractors, farm implements, wagons, or trailers, or inside the bed of a pickup truck.
Nationwide Agribusiness is the farm and agricultural arm of the Nationwide® group of companies. Nationwide Agribusiness is the leading writer of farm insurance in the U.S.