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Drivers urged to be alert with farmer implements on the move

Drivers urged to be alert with farmer implements on the move

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Drivers urged to be alert with farmer implements on the move

This tractor was struck from behind by a truck on Highway 30 in 2019, drivers are advised to be alert with more farm implements on the road.

Nebraska farmers are busy getting their crops in the ground. That means they are on the roadways with their implements as they move from field to field, planting this year’s crops.

The Nebraska State Patrol is advising motorists to watch for agricultural implements on state roads.

“Our ag producers across Nebraska do exceptional work to feed America year-in and year-out,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As they get back into the field for the planting season, we encourage all drivers to keep an eye out for ag implements and large equipment as they travel from field to field.”

The State Patrol reminds drivers that it is legal for farm machinery to travel from field to field on public roads, other than Nebraska’s interstates.

They said that drivers should remember that this equipment often travels at slow speeds and their size may limit the operator’s ability to see other vehicles on the road. Motorists should only pass in legal passing zones and when it is safe to do so.

“From season to season, we know that the work of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers never stops,” said Capt. Dan Doggett, commander of the NSP Carrier Enforcement Division. “All Nebraskans can take pride in the work they do. We can all work together to keep our roads safe and help ensure that Nebraska’s No. 1 industry remains strong.”

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Drivers should be alert and use extra caution on roadways that may be a route of travel for ag machinery. With the potential combination of fast-moving vehicles and slow-moving farm equipment, it is critical that drivers avoid distractions and pay attention to the road.

Ag producers are encouraged to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling and be aware of vehicles that may be attempting to pass.

Crop report

— According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending Sunday, corn planted in Nebraska was 42%, behind the 55% last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 36%. Emerged was 2%, behind the 8% last year and near the 5% average.

— Soybeans planted was 20%, behind the 29% last year, but ahead of the 12% average.

— Winter wheat condition rated 6% very poor, 12% poor, 40% fair, 39% good and 3% excellent.

— Sorghum planted was 1%, behind the 6% last year, but near the 2% average.

— Oats planted was 92%, ahead of the 86% last year and the 80% average. Emerged was 73%, well ahead of the 53% last year and the 50% average.

— Pasture and range conditions rated 6% very poor, 16% poor, 37% fair, 37% good and 4% excellent.

— Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7% very short, 23% short, 68% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11% very short, 26% short, 62% adequate and 1% surplus.

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