National Farm Safety and Health Week 2016 was held September 18-24 nationwide. There was attention given to the week locally, as well, by way of a Harvest Day event literally held in the fields set at the corner of West Vandalia Road and South Diamond Street of South Jacksonville. Sponsored by the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agri-Industry Division, Freeman Seed Co. and the Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau, the initial event was “an idea I came up with to promote farming … it’s a big, area industry,” said Sue Freeman of Freeman Seed Co. “Technology has increased yield,” continued Freeman, pointing out the yellow globes on the top of the farming equipment that run information through satellite, mapping out the fields on a computer as you go. Freeman explained how the computer tracks the yield, pulling information and statistics in order to report to the farmer exactly where more lime, nitrogen, etc. is needed; instead of adding vitamins or nutrients over the entire field, the nutrition is added only where specifically necessary. The idea behind the Harvest Day is to allow “people to come out and ride in something they may have never done … to see what the operation is like,” Freeman said.