Here we are in early September. Just over the weekend I saw combines rolling here in southern Minnesota. It appears the soybean harvest is already starting!
Please do everyone a favor and address safety for this harvest. Why not take one day, NOW, to inspect all your tractors, wagons, trucks, augers, grain bins, grain cleaners, and any other equipment associated with harvest? Chances are you will find something to repair or replace. The fact is, that time you spend on safety may save a life, maybe even yours.
I’ve heard plenty of reasons over the years to NOT repair or replace defective equipment. And I have plenty of sensible responses ready!
- “That auger is old. I don’t use it much anymore.” REALLY? Let’s assume that auger “only” moves 5000 bushels of grain this season, maybe two or three hours work. Has anyone ever gotten tired or careless in three hours? Have young children ever wandered away in three hours? This is really a matter of priorities. Keeping an old auger safe is worth it regardless of the auger’s age.
- “The shields/guards etc are missing/broken.” EASY TO SOLVE. Most farm equipment manufacturers will give you, free of charge, replacement shields no questions asked. Yes, you will need to install it, and that might take a couple hours of work. You need to telephone the manufacturer. Worth it? You bet. Worth preventing losing an arm or leg! If that company is no longer in business…and you can’t obtain safety equipment…tell yourself the truth: It’s time to replace with modern equipment.
- “I’m the only person who uses that auger/fan/bin. I know what I’m doing.” NOT FOOLPROOF! Let’s face it. Accidents happen. And if you’re the ONLY person who operates that machinery, chances you’re the ONLY person around. In the case of an accident, who is going to assist you or call for help?
These are just a few random thoughts to consider. Please BE SAFE. Please make good decisions about your equipment and machinery! We are all praying for a bountiful and safe harvest.