5 Tips for Summer on the Farm

5 Tips for Summer on the Farm

  1. During the summer months, one clear concern is the effect of the heat. Often times, farmers consider the effect of the heat on their product more than the effect on themselves. One important thing to remember is that you aren't safe and healthy you can't properly take care of your product. Take care of yourself first. Remain hydrated, stay cool and protect yourself from the sun. Getting a severe sunburn can set you back for days with sun poisoning or burns if you aren't careful. Reapply sunscreen and remain hydrated. Remember, if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Keep that water nearby! 
  2. Check your machinery regularly. Your equipment goes from an asset to a nuisance if it’s not regularly checked.  It could even leave you stranded, mid-season. Do a quick check on your equipment after each day to look for signs of serious damage and to prevent issues like combustion. 
  3. Make an effort to keep things that make you more comfortable in your tractor cab or another equipment cab. This may seem non-essential to some, but having things to make you feel more comfortable and happier during the day can make a real difference. Download a playlist, bring a favorite snack along for the day, even get a vent air clip for your air vent. Make your environment as comfortable as possible when you're out there working hard. On this note, be sure to take care of yourself after a long day's work. Use lotion or salve on working hands, soak sore muscles and ensure you are hydrated. 
  4. Avoid the hottest hours of the day if at all possible. Critical hours are between 10am and 3pm, so do your best to go out early and in the afternoon. Avoiding these hours can seriously reduce your risk for heatstroke, fainting, dehydration and other heat-related medical issues. 
  5. Follow safety protocol. On a hot summer day, after a long day in the field,  all you want to do is head inside and have a big glass of water. Oftentimes safety protocol gets overlooked. Take that extra minute, remove keys from machines, put up sharp objects and ensure your farm is a safe environment, especially if children are nearby. 
With these tips dedication to agriculture, you'll be off to a great season.

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