Tractors and combines will soon be bringing in the harvest from the fields and lumbering down Nebraska’s rural roads at all hours. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is putting out a reminder to those farmers — and to all motorists — to be cautious and courteous.
Brunkhorst says “We just want to be cognizant of safety and to make sure we’re taking time to put safety at the top of our minds, not only across the country roads but across farmsteads with overhead power lines, belts and chains and everything else that comes with the bountiful harvest we’re looking at.”
Brunkhorst says it’s important to be careful while harvesting and traveling the country roads, but it’s also vital to be careful when entering grain bins. He says many accidents involving grain bins have led to deadly consequences.
“In partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, we’ve been doing some great outreach efforts on grain tube safety,” he says. “As we talk about taking a second for safety, we want to make sure that’s on the top of everybody’s minds.”
Brunkhorst says the corn groups have donated several grain bin rescue tubes to local emergency responders to help those who may become trapped and engulfed in a grain bin.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton