Farm Safety

Figure 1. On Oct. 23, 2016, members of the Stanton Fire Department responded to a combine fire that started in the engine compartment. The combine was considered a total loss, but the quick response of firefighters allowed them to save the bean head, and control the fire from spreading into surrounding vegetation. (Photo by the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office)
Figure 1. On Oct. 23, 2016, members of the Stanton Fire Department responded to a combine fire that started in the engine compartment. The combine was considered a total loss, but the quick response of firefighters allowed them to save the bean head, and control the fire from spreading into surrounding vegetation. (Photo by the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office)

Keeping Your Equipment and Fields Fire Safe At Harvest October 18, 2017

When residue builds up in your combine or poorly maintained equipment creates sparks, fires can ignite, quickly enveloping your equipment and field. Incorporating the practices outlined here into your harvest routine can help you stay safe this fall.

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When moving equipment at row ends and from field to field this hectic harvest season, be careful to always keep it at least 10 feet from overhead power lines. Power can jump or arc from the line to you and your equipment, creating life-threatening conditions.
Figure 1. When turning equipment at row ends and moving it from field to field this hectic harvest season, be careful to always keep it at least 10 feet from overhead power lines. Power can jump or arc from the line to you and your equipment, creating a life-threatening situation.

Look Up! Avoid Power Line Deaths this Harvest Season September 11, 2017

This harvest season stay alert to overhead power lines and keep equipment at least 10 feet away, particularly at row ends and when working in unfamiliar fields. If equipment does hit a power line, follow the guide here to stay safe.

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Figure 1. Manage mosquitoes to protect your health.

Manage Standing Water to Reduce Mosquito Disease Threat June 23, 2017

Managing the potential for mosquito breeding and populations on your farm can help protect you and your family from a number of diseases, including West Nile Virus. An entomologist offers information on mosquitoes and recommendations for reducing your risk.

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Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety Classes Offered Across Nebraska March 2, 2017

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses will be held at nine sites this year. Teens 14 or 15 years old who will work on a farm should plan to attend.

Tractor Safety Training Dates & Sites

Dates, locations, and contact information for site coordinators:

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Youth Tractor Safety Courses set for May-June March 16, 2016

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.  Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents’ should plan to attend.

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