Everyone experiences fatigue, whether on the farm or in their daily life. Combating fatigue can be the difference between life and death on the farm during planting and harvesting seasons.
Tips for farmers to Avoid Fatigue
One of the most overlooked aspects of being tired is drinking enough water. It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you are in the field or away from the farm. Dehydration compounds the effects of fatigue. Always have multiple bottles of water available in your truck or in the tractor to stay hydrated and focused.
Food is Fuel
Food is key! Not eating enough can make you feel sluggish and slow. Protein can also give you the energy boost you need! Cheese, beef jerky, peanut butter, and any snack that is high in protein can help wake you up and keep you moving.
It’s easy to lose track of time and not stop for regular meals or snack breaks. While eating large meals isn’t recommended, having plenty of snacks to enjoy at regular intervals is important. This, in turn, keeps a tired body and mind fueled to continue the long days.
Sitting for long periods can also make you tired quicker. Take a few minutes every hour to go on a short walk and stretch your muscles. You can use this time to check your equipment or fields while moving your body. Even a few trips on and off the tractor can engage multiple muscles and help you feel more alert.
Fatigue is one of the most dangerous elements to a farmer. When you or your employees are working in the fields late, make sure you have a well-communicated Farm Emergency Action Plan. Include a timeline for everyone to check in so you know they are safe. Reach out to a local Rural Mutual agent to make sure your farm is protected.