Published 10:58 pm Sunday, March 10, 2019

 We all enjoy the bounty of America’s farms and ranches on our plates – so  


remember to let farmers and ranchers get their job done this spring. 

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      Slow down on the roads and keep a safe distance as equipment moves and  


farmers prepare their fields for planting this year’s crops. At times it’s necessary  


for farmers to move equipment between farm sites. It’s important to know that  


agricultural machinery have two major limitations, the first – speed and the  


second – maneuverability. These machines cannot travel faster than 25 miles per  


hour. Often if they are pulling long trailers or spray machines in order to turn  


properly they will have to use a larger turning area. They may need to go to right  


in order to make a left turn, and if turning to the right may need to swing wider to  


the left. 


     If you are driving at 55 mph and come upon a tractor that is moving at 25  


mph, it only takes 5 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between  


you and the tractor. Five seconds can mean the difference in preventing an  




– Submitted by Jan McGuinn