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Spring Planting Safety

Updated: Mar 27

Photo of farm equipment.
As you prepare for planting, remember to plant the seeds of safety.

Both before and during the spring planting season, keep safety top of mind. In the rush to the field, it’s tempting to take shortcuts and sadly, much too easy to forget an important task or practice risky behavior.

Observe these safety tips for a safer, less stressful planting season.

Check All Equipment

This is a task that can be done well in advance and is one of the most important. According to ISU Extension and Outreach, nearly half of all Iowa farm deaths result from working around equipment. Before heading to the field, check all equipment parts including safety guards, lights, hazard signs and any other necessary components. If you are planning to use a new or unfamiliar piece of equipment, read the safety details in the operator manual. Before moving equipment, especially if you will be on the road, lock down all moving parts, including hydraulics.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Before you begin planting, refresh your memory on any hazards present in each field. Also be aware of all utility lines and have a spotter check as you move equipment to ensure it will not accidentally come into contact with the line. If it does make contact, don’t leave your cab. Call your electric cooperative for assistance. When you are on the road, be aware of traffic ahead and behind you, as well as any vehicles coming toward you on the opposite side of the road.