Ag Safety STAT: Safety Through the Seasons 2022

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is prepared by the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Team. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dee Jepsen at jepsen.4@osu.edu.

Spring Season

  1. Richard Purdin, OSU Extension, Adams County ANR/CD Educator

    Spring 2022 has been a wet spring and forage producers have had a challenge to harvest forage crops at the proper timing to capture quality. With all the delays farmers have still managed to harvest their hay crop between the spring rains.

  2. Beth Scheckelhoff, ANR Educator Putnam County

    Honey bee swarms are common this time of year. They often go unnoticed because swarms do not stick around for very long, usually one to three days at most. A honey bee swarm is a natural process of one hive splitting into two. As a honey bee colony grows within a hive, it becomes crowded. The bees instinctively begin to nurture a new queen while preparing for the current queen to leave. 

  3. Dee Jepsen, Professor and State Agricultural Safety Leader

    Taking a drive through the countryside can be an enjoyable leisure activity. When you drive as part of your job, it takes on additional attention towards safety and roadway courtesy. For agronomists employed with an agricultural business, it may also mean abiding by a company policy. This article serves as a reminder for consultants and others who drive and frequently park in rural areas, related to crop scouting activities. 

  4. Amanda Douridas, ANR Educator Madison County

    OSU Extension recently hosted State Highway Patrol officers and a local Sheriff’s Department to discuss the recent CDL changes and answer general farm hauling questions for a program offered jointly to Delaware, Madison, and Union counties. The take aways from the Q&A are summarized below.

  5. Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist

    Each morning when waking up recently it feels as though we look out the window and it is either raining or has rained overnight. Farmers are natural meteorologists and are in tune with what is going on with the weather any given hour of the day.

Winter Season

  1. Sabrina Schirtzinger, ANR Educator Knox County

    With colder temperatures we tend to spend more time indoors. For some winter may be when you clean up your shop/garage, finish a project or start a new one. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a concern when you are in confined areas and equipment that burns fuel are in use.

  2. Lisa Pfeifer – Educational Program Manager, Ag Safety and Health Program

    Preparedness is a concept with which we are all familiar. We learn where and how to exit a building in the event of a fire in grade school and that learning continues to build from there. Grain Bin Safety Week is a great time to build preparedness by answering some critical questions about safety at your on farm grain storage facility.

  3. Richard Purdin, OSU Extension, Adams County ANR/CD Educator

    When winter weather strikes it can cause a lot of stress on farmers. Farm equipment is essential in today’s agriculture production setting. Safe operation of farm equipment is important no matter what time of year and wintertime is no exception.

  4. Beth Scheckelhoff, ANR Extension Educator Putnam County

    Rivers, lakes, and backyard ponds across Ohio are finally freezing.  While these newly frozen surfaces seem perfect for winter outdoor activities like skating, sledding, ice fishing, or snowmobiling - please remember that no ice is 100% safe.

  5. Warm weather turned to cooler, wet, and muddy weather and now cold weather has arrived to stay for a few months.  It is interesting to note that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) documents that there are more deaths in the United States due to cold weather exposure (hypothermia) than hot weather exposure (hyperthermia) each year.  The CDC has also tracked an average of 1,300 deaths per year in the US due to hypothermia. 

  6. Joseph Maiorano, PhD, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension, Harrison County 

    I imagine that some of you may look forward to something different in 2022. If so, New Year’s resolutions may help you accomplish that goal, but resolutions, sometimes, are easier made than stuck with.

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