Focus on safety during fall harvest

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This is Iowa and it's nearing harvest season.

It's September in Iowa and the corn and soybean crops are starting to fire, which means the fall harvest is not too far away.

You know it by its beauty, the rows of golden corn stalks against the bright

blue sky which the next day are rows of golden stubble against the deep,

dark earth or the fullness of the bright yellowgreen in the soybean fields.

It is, indeed, a pretty time of year. It's also a dangerous time of year, as avoidable traffic accidents too often occur between farmers' tractors and wagons and other motor vehicles usually . The car or the mini-van is always going to lose those battles.

It happens every year; it's nothing new.

Still, it really doesn't need to happen if we all become just a little more

aware and drive just a little more safely.

Once harvest starts, farm equipment is on the road. The tractors, trailers,

wagons and farm trucks are on the highways, on the blacktops, on the gravel,

and even on the city streets. They need to be. It's just that those of us

not in tractors and trailers and the heavy farm trucks full of corn and

beans have to remember firstly, that they're there; and, secondly, that they

move slowly.

Most we've seen have had the Slow Moving Vehicle SMV sign and the

appropriate lights; but they're still there -- anytime in the day or night--

and they're still moving slowly. Drivers need to remember that and react


Oh, by way of a gentle harvest reminder, they make wide turns, too.

The truth is, not very many people go 55 on the blacktops; and even at 55, a

car comes up on farm equipment pretty fast.

Think about it. Focus on safe driving habits. Let's be careful out there.