Farm Safety
picture of the interior of a grain bin
After an unusually mild winter and with temperatures remaining above normal so far this spring, stored grain could be more susceptible to mold and spoilage from insects, a Purdue Extension grain storage specialist writes in a new article.
The number of confirmed grain bin entrapments and incidents in other confined spaces on U.S. farms fell in 2015 to its lowest level in a decade, but it is likely that many such cases continue to go unreported, a Purdue Extension farm safety expert says.
There were 25 farm-related deaths in Indiana last year, an increase from 18 the previous year, according to Purdue University's 2014 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary. Despite the one-year increase, the report by Purdue's Agricultural Safety and Health Program said there remained an overall downward trend in the frequency of Indiana farm-related deaths since 1970.
Combining corn
After this year's record rainfall and flooding across parts of the Midwest, farmers should scout their fields carefully and be aware of any conditions that could damage crops during harvest, a Purdue Extension grain storage expert advises.