The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
April 2015

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. 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

Did You Miss It?

Did you forget to join the “How To Do Farm Safety” webinar on planning a farm safety day camp at your operation. You are in luck! The webinar was recorded.

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Improving Tractor Ride Comfort

By Dewey Mann, Research Associate -  As the ground temperature begins to warm up, preparations for spring planting are well underway. By the time this article goes to press, many farming operations will have already completed maintenance checks on spring planting equipment; meters calibrated, bearings and chains (if equipped) lubricated, planter unit leveled, change oil in the planter tractor, etc.

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Overexertion and Fatigue

By Andy Bauer,  Ohio AgrAbility Educational Program Coordinator - Hopefully spring weather is finally coming on, bringing with it long hours due to delays in getting field work done and crops planted. The extended winter weather will also cause delays in getting the garden planted in a timely manor.

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Safely Working with Anhydrous Ammonia in the Field

By: Kent McGuire,  OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator - Many farmers will be applying anhydrous ammonia in the next few weeks. Even though anhydrous ammonia is a very good fertilizer, there are hazards associated to working with it. One hazard is that anhydrous ammonia is stored under high pressure. An unintended release can occur if the equipment is not well maintained, equipment becomes damaged, or workers are not trained to follow exact procedures.

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Manure Pit Safety for First Responders

By: Michelle King, Ag Rescue Program Coordinator Intern -   There are many hazards located on a farm. One of these hazards, which can be deadly as well, is a manure pit. Farmers use a manure pit to store any manure their animals produce on the farm and to use that manure for fertilizer later in the growing season for their crops.

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