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It's farm safety week-take a nap!


Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



September 19 - 25 is Farm Safety Week. The suggestion to take a nap may sound like a contradiction, but University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist, Bob Aherin, says taking a break can actually be one of the best things you do during harvest.

Harvest is a busy time of year with long hours in the field. But, during harvest, an afternoon nap could save your life.

Research shows that after every two hours of work, like operating a combine, we should take a 15 to 20 minute break. This break can relieve the stress and focus of what we are doing. Data shows that injuries occur more often in late morning or late afternoon after farmers have been working for several hours.

It is important for others around the farm to remind workers to take a little break and to shut down the machinery. A little mid-morning snack and a little afternoon nap might just be a good thing. Even a short break in the middle of the afternoon or evening will decrease your chances of having a serious farm accident. After such a break we are more rested and more mentally alert.

Instead of thinking of the few minutes as downtime, think of a nap as a good risk management tool. The average farm accident can cost upwards of $20,000 in medical bills and lost productivity. The message is clear and simple for the harvest season: operator downtime pays because there are fewer errors, injuries, and even deaths when a body is well rested.




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Grain drowning

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Grain bins, gravity flow wagons, and trucks are involved in grain suffocations or grain "drownings" each year. Grain that flows out from the bottom through an auger or by gravity is much like quicksand. An adult can be pulled under the grain ..... 
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Local angus breeders recognized to owning proven bulls

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rein Angus Farm, owns one bull, Julie Ann Abrahamson, owns two bulls and Philip Abrahamson, also owns two bulls listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. All three breeders ..... 
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Forest invasive species

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Are you worried about invasive species like buckthorn, emerald ash borer, garlic mustard, and gypsy moth on your property? If so this class is for you. Participants will learn how to identify invasive species of concern in southeast Minnesota. Durin ..... 
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Time to chop corn silage

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



There was a lot of talk at the Houston County Fair about of how fast the crops are maturing this summer. Looking at the latest Crop Weather report from Minnesota Ag News, I see Preston is the farthest ahead of normal of any spot in Minnesota ..... 
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Cover crop project targeting corn and soybean growers

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

FAIRMONT, Minn. (07/14/2010) - Rural Advantage, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, is seeking agricultural producers interested in utilizing cover crops. Cost-share dollars are available. Priority will be given to corn, grain and soybean ..... 
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Ash seed for the future

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been attacking and killing ash trees in the United States. This insect, originally from Asia, was first found in southeastern Michigan. It has spread to several states, including Houston County in SE Minnesota.
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Corn silage concerns with hail damaged corn

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Although the areas of recent hail damage were not large and were very scattered, where hail did strike, the damage was severe. The question becomes, "How to best use this corn?" Corn silage is certainly one option.

The hail damage in ..... 
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Badgersett Farm Annual Field Day - Saturday, August 21st; All Day

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Badgersett Research Farm, in SE Minnesota, is holding its 2010 Field Day on Aug. 21st.

Badgersett has been inventing and developing what many say is the most promising of new "alternative and sustainable" crops, for over 30 years - hybrid haze ..... 
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