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State officials: Watch out for farm equipment on roads as harvest season begins

Posted at 9:48 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 21:48:24-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As farmers get ready to start harvesting for the season, the Indiana Department of Agriculture wants people to watch out for farm equipment on the roads.

When farmers take equipment on the road, they typically go less than 25 mph and are required to have a red triangle-shaped reflector on the back to warn other drivers.

State officials are asking for people to prepare for extra delays due to the slow-moving equipment on the road for several months.

“As you’re making your plans this fall, factor in a little extra time for your travels and slow down, especially when driving through rural parts of Indiana,” Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch said in a press release. “We need everyone working together, farmers and motorists alike, to ensure a safe 2019 harvest season.”

While most farmers hope to have their crops harvested by Thanksgiving, the Indiana Department of Agriculture says some farmers may be in the fields in December.

The state agriculture departments provided to following tips to help keep farmers safe:

  • Leave 10 minutes early
  • Know alternate routes
  • Watch out for wide vehicles, especially near hills or curves in the road
  • Don't text and drive
  • Don't tailgate farm equipment
  • Only pass in designated spots
  • Be patient

Last year, 73 people, including seven people in Indiana, were killed in crashes involving farm equipment, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.