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LINCOLN, Neb. – As the corn growing season winds down, Nebraska farmers are anxious to begin harvest. Every year as autumn begins, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association reminds farmers and rural residents to “take a second for safety,” in order to prevent accidents and ensure a successful harvest. This year, safety precautions are especially important, as the world continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“As someone who contracted COVID-19 earlier this summer, I can adamantly say this is a virus you want to avoid, and it’s definitely not something you want to get during harvest,” said David Bruntz, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from Friend. “Oftentimes, as farmers, we think our occupations are prime for social distancing. While that may be true, this virus spreads easily, so we need to take precautions, such as keeping our distance from others, wearing masks in public places and washing our hands and using hand sanitizers often.”

Nebraska Corn recommends farmers develop a farm readiness plan in case of emergency. No one can learn the nuances of a farmer’s operation overnight, but having a plan in place will reduce stress in the event of an accident or illness. Once farmers develop their plans, they should place them somewhere where they can easily be found and additional copies can be given to trusted neighbors or friends.

Farm Readiness Checklist

Protect Yourself

  • Always “take a second for safety.” An extra second could save your life.
  • Wear proper PPE.
  • Drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Make it a point to check in with family and loved ones regularly, especially when fall gets hectic.
  • Take time for yourself, even if it’s just a quick walk around the farm.
  • Monitor yourself for signs of stress. If you notice something odd, say something.
  • Follow all safety guidelines for equipment.

General Farm Information to Include in Plan

  • Hired help contact information and primary job responsibilities
  • Typical machinery dealership and/or repair services used
  • Crop advisor and/or farm manager name and phone number
  • Crop insurance agent name and phone number
  • Ag lender name and phone number
  • Locations of equipment needed for harvest

Field Plans

  • Field names and locations
    • Highlight in a plat book, if possible
    • Note where the field entrance is and what side is best to start working from
    • Location of hybrids that may be sooner to dry down for harvest
    • Do you have tile inlets or irrigation equipment that needs to be moved?
    • Are there any potential hazards for harvest (deep gullies or pivot stops)?
  • What still needs to be done? Do you have pivots that need to be checked?

Stored Crop Plans

  • What is your intended location for storage or delivery for each field’s crop?
  • Are there any bins that need to cleaned out? Where do you deliver to?
  • Are all bins functioning clearly?
    • Which bins may need to be watched more closely than others?
  • Do you have any upcoming delivery contacts? List specific contract information.
  • Does anyone help market your crops? If so, list their contact information.

Livestock Plans

  • Do you still have cows to calve? If so, list calving routine and processing procedures.
  • Which pastures do you typically graze?
  • Describe in detail your grazing rotational plan. Try to update frequently with where your cows are at the current time.
  • Will your stocks be grazed on after harvest? If so, list contact information of grower.
  • Are there water needs? Hay storage? Mineral and protein tubs?
  • Do you have feed brought in? Who is your supplier, are the deliveries automatic?
  • What are your rations?
  • List contact information for your vet.
  • Hog barn routine? Clean out procedures?
  • Are you a contract grower? If so, list their contact information.
  • Where do you get your feed? Is it an automatic delivery?
  • Is there anyone you have come help for things like load out? If so, list their contact information.

“The harvest season is a busy time and there are a lot of moving parts,” said Dan Nerud, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and farmer from Dorchester. “While farmers are excited to get in the fields and harvest their crops, we need to remember that agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations. By being prepared and taking a few extra seconds for safety, we can ensure a safe and successful harvest.”

In addition to its farm readiness checklist, Nebraska Corn also has a series of harvest safety tips that can be found online at nebraskacorn.gov/news-releases/harvestsafety2020/.

 

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) elected four farmers to serve leadership roles at its August board meeting. The leadership roles are effective immediately and are yearlong in duration, with the possibility to be reelected.

David Bruntz, District 1 director, was reelected as chairman of the board. Bruntz has been farming for more than 40 years near Friend. He grows corn and soybeans, and he also feeds cattle. Bruntz received a degree in production agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He has been with the board since 2013.

Brandon Hunnicutt, District 3 director, was reelected as vice chair of NCB. Hunnicutt farms near Giltner with his father and brother. On his farm, Hunnicutt grows corn, popcorn, seed corn and soybeans. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from UNL and has served on the board since 2014.

Jay Reiners, at large director, was reelected secretary/treasurer of the board. Reiners farms near Juniata, where he grows field corn, seed corn and soybeans. He has been farming for over 30 years and is the fourth generation managing the family farm. He graduated with an associate’s degree in general

agriculture from UNL.

Dave Merrell, District 7 director, will continue his role as past chairman of the board. Merrell has been farming for over 30 years near St. Edward. His family farm produces corn and soybeans. He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanized agriculture from UNL. He has served on the Board since 2006.

“We are very fortunate to have a dynamic group of leaders serving our state’s corn industry,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of NCB. “Through the guidance of this leadership team, in addition to the expertise and diversity of our full board, we’re well positioned to aggressively tackle our mission of promoting the value of corn by creating opportunities.”

The full board is comprised of nine corn farmers from across the state. Eight members represent specific Nebraska districts and are appointed by the Governor of Nebraska. The Board elects a ninth at large member. Board members serve three-year terms with the possibility to be reappointed.