State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is joining with the Illinois Farm Bureau and local Farm Bureaus to remind motorists about being extra cautious during this harvest season. During Farm Safety Week, he is asking everyone to watch out for large farm equipment on the roads as Illinois farmers move equipment from field to field beginning this month.
“Our farmers continue to keep the food chain moving even during the coronavirus constraints, commented Rep. Wilhour. “We share the roads with farmers from time to time and that equipment is limited on how fast it can move for safety reasons. Please be patient and understanding during this harvest season and always.”
More favorable weather conditions this season allowed for planting earlier than in recent years and so the harvest season is beginning earlier than in past years. Many farmers have the opportunity to get their crops to market and help the Illinois economy with higher prices because of a higher demand from markets overseas such as China.
“Large agricultural equipment like tractors and grain-hauling semi-tractor trucks need to move from one farm field to another and at times use the same roads as cars, school buses, and emergency vehicles,” added Rep. Wilhour. “This week is our chance to remind everyone to continue to be cautious on the roads when you come upon slower moving farm equipment.”