Farm Safety Week

  • Meet my co-riders inside the tractor,  Brayden Richardson and Leta Sheeley. The two 5-year-olds were talkative on the adventure. When watching the corn fly through the air into the trailer, Sheeley exclaimed, “It looks like it’s exploding!” “Yea, like a volcano,” added Richardson.
  • Otto Spradlin Zang takes a good run of the “track.”
  • Little ladies in tutus: Alaina and Lily Freeman. Such juxtaposition. Worth a smile.
  • While real-life tractors and combines gave rides in the field, a bag of green-colored farm equipment entertained some children.
  • The kids find the curb to be a perfect-sized bench. Carter Owens (3), Alaina Freeman (3), Brayden Richardson (5) and Caleb Atkins (8) play with good old Mother Nature while awaiting their turns to ride (left to right).
  • All smiles on this ride!

Photos/Kyla Hurt

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.

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