Late harvest could lead to more farm traffic on public roads

It is the time of the year when the leaves are falling, the colors are changing and jackets are pulled from the closet. But, cooler temperatures signal another change, one on the roadways.

Local law enforcement says during the harvest season, motorists should be aware of farm equipment on the road. Drivers should slow down, respect the area tractors need and look for "slow moving vehicle" signage.

Since motorists and farmers have to share public roads, farmers also need to be cognisant of laws. If more than 3 cars back up behind farm equipment, drivers are required to pull over and let traffic pass. Until then, motorists should be aware it is illegal to pass at an intersection.

Most people who live in heavy areas of agriculture are already aware more tractors and combines will be on the road during harvest season, but seasonal weather plays a role in how many more.

Because of a cool spring and start to summer, planting was delayed. A dry August left crops maturing slower, leading to a late harvest. In late September and early October, excess rain delayed harvest even further. These factors led to a condensed harvest season, and more tractors and combines transporting product in a condensed period of time.

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