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After one of the Midwest's driest summers in over 50 years, conditions during this harvest season may be conducive to fires!
Jim Stauffenberg and Josh Stauffenberg are the crop insurance specialists at HomeStar Insurance Services and they would like to share these tips on how to prevent or minimize losses from field firest during harvest:

1.  Carry a minimum of two class ABC fire extinguishers:  a smaller 10-lb. unit in the cab and a larger 20-lb extinguisher at ground level on the combine.

2.  Arrange to have tillage equipment present during harvest.  In the event a fire should occur, this equipment may allow farmers to create a barrier around the perimeter of the field to prevent fire spreading to adjacent fields.

3.  Equip motorized equipment with small hand shovels to throw soil on a fire and keep a cell phone nearby to contact emergency personnel while in the field.

4.  Minimize truck traffic during harvest.  Grain transport or pickup trucks with exhaust systems below the chassis can ignite field fires. 

5.  Check engine fluid levels (such as coolant and oil) at the beginning of the day.

6.  Blow leaves, dust, and chaff off the engine if compressed air is available. 

7.  Examine exhaust or hot bearing surfaces because they can be ignition sources for dry, combustible material.

8.  Check the pressurized oil supply line to the turbocharger shaft for areas that may rub from wear and start an oil leak.

9.  Place wiring harnesses in proper holders.

Have a safe Harvest Season!!!

"We are your family, welcome home."

This information was provided Grinnell Mutual Insurance Teamwork, Volume 65, Fall 2012
Posted 11:55 AM

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