2019 has been a challenging weather year for livestock and crop farmers.
As we move into fall and harvest season, much of the Upper Midwest has continued to see significant rainfall. Safety issues associated with manure storage, transportation and application, and health impacts should be brought to mind and discussed.
Rain and wet fields can change application, agitation, and harvest plans. During this busy time it’s necessary to consider the health and safety of everyone working in agriculture. While soggy weather squeezes much work into a small time frame, managing fatigue and stress can’t be optional.
This toolkit provides farmers and their family members, manure haulers, and agricultural workers with specific resources to have on hand during manure agitation and land application.
MANURE SAFETY RESOURCES
- UMASH Farm Safety Check: Manure Application
Make sure manure application is done in a healthy and safe way.
- UMASH Farm Safety Check: Manure Gas
Manure gas is fatal- work smart around manure storage areas with this checklist.
- SDSU Extension: Dealing with Emergency Manure Runoff
Read about options to consider in regard to wet weather manure spreading in an emergency situation.
- UW Extension: Manure Gas Safety Resources
Manage conditions that increase risk related to manure gas.
- Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Check yourself and others for symptoms of stress and what you can do about it.