The fall is a time of bounty, whenthousands of Albertans take to thefields to harvest many crops, fromsugar beets in the south to maltingbarley in the north. This year aloneAlberta farmers are expected to grow
7. 6 million tonnes of wheat—enoughto make over 15 billion loaves ofbread.
Harvesting crops is a race againstnature that requires time, focus andenergy. Agricultural and healthexperts offer these tips to get farmersto the finish line—with their healthand safety intact.
Staying safe on the farm this fall
1. Reduce stress
Farming is a stressful job,especially at harvest time. AlbertaAgriculture and Rural Development(ARD) says farmers can haveheavy workloads, financialpressure and business crises—suchas drought or bad weather. Suchstress can be relieved in many ways,including taking regular breaks,getting out of the combine or truckfor a walk or a little exercise, andspending time with family andfriends.
2. Understand the equipmentKnowing how to properly use farmequipment can greatly reduce therisk injury. This includes checking allmachinery before use, maintainingit and having all guards in place onmoving parts. Laurel Aitken, farmsafety coordinator for ARD, says:“Reviewing operating procedures,the day’s tasks and safety precautionscan save a lot of grief later.”
3. Know the signs of fatigueFatigue is a common harvest risk.Aitken says one of farmers’ biggest