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Be safe, understanding harvest traffic


Beka Compton

One vehicle pulling a combine header may seem easy enough to pass, but it was hiding an entire convoy of farm equipment. When approaching farm equipment, it is always a good idea to give them a little extra space, for your safety as well as theirs.

The 2017 Census of Agriculture found over 4.5 million farm vehicles participate in the United States harvest. At 91%, the bulk of that equipment is tractors, followed by combines, forage harvesters, and other self-propelled equipment. Many of those vehicles will share the road with passenger cars at some point during their season.

Non-commercial drivers are often frustrated when delayed by a convoy of tractors, combines, and flagger vehicles. Frustration can have severe consequences if it fogs judgment. In 2018, farm vehicle accidents claimed 98 lives across the country.

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