Let’s just say it’s been one heck of a growing season here in Minnesota. Farmers and their fields have endured strong storms, heavy rain and frequent drowned outs. It’s definitely been a challenge.
We’ve been keeping an eye on Agventure Customer’s fields using our drone. This give us a birds-eye view of the condition of the entire field, not just the end rows. This picture was taken from our drone of a local corn field that received some damage after a storm earlier this summer.
We understand the importance of crop insurance…and the 2017 growing season will be no different. We know that farmers don’t normally start thinking about crop insurance this time of year. But we want to “plant the seed” and give you a bit of info to consider.
Our Team Can Help You:
Understand the role of crop insurance and how it should tie into your marketing strategy.
Pick a policy based on what is best for your operation, not simply based on the cheapest cost.
Understand that crop insurance can be used for much more than just catastrophic yield loss
As the growing season comes to an end, we wish you all a profitable and safe harvest season. From planting and crop insurance, to growing and harvest…we are always here to help. Please give our team a call if you need more information 320-523-2252.
Corn Capital Innovations of Olivia wants to remind you how vital safety is to a successful farm operation. Take the time to make sure your equipment is running properly. Make sure everyone on your farm is practicing good work habits around machinery and turn off all machinery before working on it.
Farm Safety Week
It’s National Farm Safety & Health Week from September 20th-26th, 2015. Here are some great resources and tips to help you, your family and farm employees have a safe and prosperous harvest and beyond.
Farmers across Minnesota are starting to take to the fields to harvest their crops. We want all of our farming friends and their families to be safe and stay healthy during this busy and prosperous time. Please follow these farm safety tips and health guidelines. Happy Harvest!
Road Safety During Harvest
We all know that sharing the roads with other vehicles during harvest can be, well, challenging. Drivers who are in a rush are not patient or careful, and accidents involving farm equipment can be dangerous. Be prepared and drive safely!
Watch for drivers who may not be watching for you.
Use your lights and flashers to ensure others see you coming.
Keep an eye out for animals, especially around dusk or dawn; they are on the move as fields are being harvested.
Use slow-moving vehicle emblems if your equipment is traveling under 30 miles per hour.
Consider using a following vehicle when transporting larger farm equipment on roads.
Physical & Mental Health
Harvest Farming is physically demanding and long hours can take their toll on our bodies. That physical stress contributes to accidents and even death. It is important for farmers to follow some basic health guidelines when beginning fall field work.
Take Breaks – If you are spending long hours in the field, take time for short breaks. It may seem unproductive, but it is good for YOU.
Slow Down – It only takes a few minutes to run safety checks on your equipment. A few minutes that could save your life.
Get Enough Sleep – When you are working long hours, it can be hard to find the time to get a good night’s sleep, but falling asleep behind the wheel can have drastic consequences.
Practice Healthy Eating – Take the time to eat. Grab a bite in the morning, pack a cooler for lunch and supper or ask a family member to deliver a meal. They’ll be excited to visit you! Make sure your meals and snacks are healthy and give you the nutrition you need to keep going.
Relax a Bit – Take a minute to relieve stress. Enjoy the beauty of the season. Listen to music, take a walk (even if it’s just from your combine to the farm site) or play with the kids. It’s worth it to restart your mental clock.
Child Safety on the Farm
Farm families work together and during harvest, farm kids are often riding in farm equipment and helping out where needed. This is a wonderful lesson in hard work but can also be very dangerous! Here are some farm safety guidelines to protect kids.
Watch for kids when driving, they are hard to see and often times not looking out for you.
Turn equipment off, lower hydraulics and remove the key when not in use, even just for a short period of time. Younger kids especially love to “drive” and want to be just like you.
Designate a specific play area. Be proactive and put a fence around your swing set and sand box. It is the best way to let your kids enjoy the outdoors and be safe.
Keep an eye out for safety hazards around the farm. Keeping things cleaned up and put away can be very important. Then there’s nothing for them to get into.
Watch kids diligently. This can seem like a no brainier but make sure if kids are outside that someone is with them and watching them closely.
Assign kids age-appropriate jobs to do. It’s great to have them involved and learning but always have an adult there to supervise.
Talk to them about the dangers of the farm. Education is important, don’t just assume they know. Review farm safety often especially before or during harvest.
Take extreme caution when letting kids ride on farm equipment. They enjoy being in the combine or tractor with you but be sure to be safe. Keep them in a seat with a seatbelt, do not leave them unattended even for a minute and if you find yourself distracted, send them home.
Farm Equipment Safety
Farm equipment is powerful and dangerous. Many farmers are injured each year. Take safety seriously and take the time for safety checks. EVEN during your most busy times.
Keep kids and farm visitors away from machinery unless an experienced person is present.
Take time prior to harvest to review safety information. Read manuals and warning decals.
Install ladders inside bins in case of an emergency.
Do not enter grain bins unless absolutely necessary and never when they are being loaded or unloaded.
Use a safety harness when entering a bin. Shut off and lockout power and always have someone waiting outside the bin to help you out if problems arise.
Have a Safe & Successful Harvest
The Corn Capital Innovations Team wants to wish you all a safe and prosperous harvest this year. Then it’s time to start planning for the future. Please contact us if you need help with next year’s cropping plan.
Back in October, I was flying high after purchasing a drone for use at Corn Capital Innovations. Just like a kid on Christmas, I was excited to play with my new toy! But our drone is much more than just something shiny to fly around, it serves two important purposes to our business.
It’s a great tool for use during our agronomy work.
It’s another set of eyes for us to see what is going on in our customer’s fields.
View of Harvest Using the CCI Drone
Watch this video of our drone in action during the 2014 corn harvest.
Benefits of Drone Farming
Interest in using drones in agriculture is growing. Here are some benefits of using a drone for farm operations.
The number one goal on your farm should be safety. No farmer ever made money from a hospital bed. Keep yourself and your equipment in good repair and observe all safety rules
At Corn Capital Innovations of Olivia we learn from 2013 to create more opportunity in the 2014 season for your farming operation. The 2014 planning process should start now. Let us help! Check out our website and let us give you A Great hand in farming.