Reminders to share the road with local farmers during Planting Season
EDDYVILLE, Iowa (KYOU) - About mid to late April is the start of planting season, and here in Iowa, the most raised crop is corn which is used in things like shampoo, toothpaste, soda, makeup, alcohol, and gas. Who do Iowans have to thank for all of that, their local farmers.
One way to show appreciation for all their hard work is by remembering to share the road when driving behind a tractor. Calvin Van Genderen who is an Eddyville-based farmer says the tractors are hard to miss.
“These are pretty big tractors and equipment and with all the lights we have there’s no reason people can’t see them coming down the road at them.”
According to IowaCorn.org, Iowa has about 87 thousand farms and more than 97 percent of those farms are owned by farm families.
Van Genderen, who has been in the business for about 20 years, says that his family is still healing from aches and pains caused by distracted drivers.
“Just a year ago in May, my boys were hit in this same four-lane highway in front of this house driving a tractor and a bail processor.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office shared safety tips via Facebook for drivers saying to never tailgate tractors because due to the large motors they can’t hear you approaching. Also if you have to pass, only do so when the road is clear, and be mindful of blinding sunlight.
Van Genderen says he just wants everyone to be safe.
“Everybody wants to go home to their families at the end of the day so be careful and don’t drive distracted.”
If you aren’t sure of how fast the tractors are going, be on the lookout for a red triangle. It indicates the vehicle only goes 25 miles per hour or less.
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