Article: Grain Moisture and Preventing Engulfments

Today I’m sharing an article on preventing grain bin engulfments by Successful Farming and an article about managing grain moisture from the University of Arkansas.  One factor that is sometimes forgotten in preventing grain bin engulfments is the condition of the grain when it goes into the bin.  Making sure that the moisture content is low enough helps prevent crusting and buildup that can cause engulfment. Less moisture also means less time is spent dealing with crusts, buildup, and equipment clogs, plus saves money by reducing or eliminating need for drying. This is definitely a case where the connection between injury prevention and maximizing profit are closely linked.

Here is a link to the engulfment prevention article.

And here is the link to the article on moisture management.

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Heavy Snow in the Midwest Today and Tomorrow

It looks like a lot of my readers in the Midwest are going to be experiencing heavy snow today and tomorrow.  As always, when there is a lot of snow, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions when working outside and driving. I put together a set of articles about winter weather safety on the farm when we had that nasty snowstorm back in February. Too see them you can either click on “winter” in the categories menu on the right side of your screen or you can check out my posts on winter weather safety here.  Stay safe out there!

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Signs for barns and stables

Here is a link to a website that sells a variety of signs, some of them  for barns and stables.  Signs can be particularly helpful if your farm has a lot of visitors,  if you often hire new employees, or if you give riding lessons.  Most people who visit the farm aren’t aware of hazards, and even people who are more experienced can use a reminder sometimes.  When posting signs, make sure that they are put where they will be seen before someone encounters the hazard and if they are in an area where they are likely to get dirty make sure to clean them off every so often.

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Slow moving vehicle signs are particularly important since 41 states require them for farm vehicles.  The law varies from state to state, so make sure to double check what the slow moving vehicle laws are in your area. It’s also important to replace any slow moving vehicle signs that are broken or faded, and consider upgrading to reflective signs if you haven’t already. Drivers are more likely to be able to see the signs if they are bright and reflective, especially at night.

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