Ohio State University Ext.
Putnam County AGNR Extension Educator
After a dry summer, we are starting to get some rain, which is delaying harvest. Indian summer may be occurring this week as temperatures warm up, which should aid in drying the soil and the crops. Let’s remember to take the time to be safe as we get into full harvest mode.
As people drive around the countryside, be on the lookout for farmers harvesting and hauling their grain. Farmers often park their equipment either on the road or slightly off the road, so visibility may be impaired. Also, modern farm equipment is so large and wide, farmers often have difficulty seeing, maneuvering, or getting off the road. Drivers may forget how fast they are driving and several accidents occur each year due to the difference in speed between fast-moving vehicles and large slow-moving harvesting equipment.
At this time of year, please have patience with our farmers as they try to get their crops harvested. The harvest period generally only lasts about 30 to 60 days; most farmers get most of their crops harvested in just 1-2 weeks. So be aware of harvesting activity in the countryside during this busy season.
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