Planting season has many moving parts. Growers need seeds and chemicals to plant and that means at some point they will likely come into contact with people and equipment that have been on other farms. 

Here are some tips to help keep you safe this planting season. 

  1. Limit the amount of traffic you allow to come in and out of your farm.
  2. Schedule input delivers for when you will be present. 
  3. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others. 
  4. Stock trucks and tractors with sanitizing supplies. 
  5. Only allow people on your team to operate machinery. 
  6. Wipe down doorknobs, steering wheels, radio knobs, grab handles, fuel tank covers and other surfaces people might touch.
  7. Use technology for team meetings to ensure people maintain a safe distance. 
  8. Reduce risk at mealtime and food delivers to the field. 
  9. Create a written plan of action in case the grower, a worker or a family member become ill. Decide who can fill roles in case of an absence. 

Farmers play an essential role in keeping food on our tables. Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation President, said “Empty shelves can be frightening, but empty fields and barns would be devastating.” 

 

Luckey Farmers would like to thank our growers for their commitment and hard work during these unprecedented times. 

Sources:
AgPro https://www.agprofessional.com/article/9-steps-smooth-planting-season-amidst-covid-19
Farm Bureau https://www.fb.org/land/impact-covid19-on-ag