Stay healthy during harvest season

Stay healthy during harvest season

Harvest season is one of the most important times of the year for farmers. It takes endless hours outdoors. Temperatures fluctuate so much during harvest season that it could be hot one day and cold the next. Harvest season also means kicking up dust that can affect allergies and even affect your immune system and cause illnesses. So it is important to take care of yourself and keep yourself healthy during harvest season.

Don’t skip meals

You might be tempted to skip meals because of the long hours or even being stuck in the tractor all day. It’s important to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition to stay powered through the day and keep blood sugars stable. This is also a must if you are operating heavy equipment. Meals allow you the opportunity to check in with family members, and you can even ask them to bring you lunch or dinner to the field. Try having a picnic on the tractor to relax and catch up.

If you need to skip meals make sure you have healthy snacks with you. Keep nuts, fruit and other healthy grab and go items handy so you can stay fueled during the long hours. Eating sugary snacks will lead to an energy plummet after about hour or so. You must try and sustain energy. As a farmer, you’re producing fresh food for others so you deserve the same.

Stay hydrated

Keep water with you at all times, and make sure to take frequent water breaks. Hydration will help prevent exhaustion and help keep you cool. Of course you’re allowed to have your morning cup or thermos full of coffee, but make sure you have a jug or water bottle full of H2O. If you are working through hot days, it’s also suggested you try and sip on an electrolyte drink like Gatorade to replenish electrolytes.

Get enough sleep

You’re busy from the time the cock crows to the time the sun sets. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Your body needs time to rest overworked muscles, and your mind needs time to recharge. Sleep deprivation can lead to decreased efficiency or even accidents on the job.

You’ll need to take frequent breaks to stretch as well. Stretching periodically can help you avoid aches and pains and even prevent injury. Sitting all day in a combine can wreak havoc on your back muscles, causing stiffness the next day. A short break will re-energize you for another shift.

Wear protective gear

Protect yourself while on the job. This is important for your health, and longevity of life. We suggest investing in a two-strap disposable lung mask to prevent farmer’s lung or organic dust toxicity syndrome. Slather on sunscreen and reapply often to prevent sunburn and skin damage. Make sure your clothing isn’t loose enough to get caught in machinery, and footwear is sturdy enough to protect your feet.  

Each night, check your skin for ticks and other bug bites as well as for cuts, scrapes, chafing, rashes, or anything else that could cause problems later on. Clean and treat wounds with antibiotic ointment and moisturize sunburnt or dry skin.

What makes a Lyon Auction unique among construction auctions is that all of the equipment is in the same location. Companies are able to liquidate a large fleet of vehicles in a single location. Lyon Auction is able to help well-known companies from conception to the conclusion of an auction. This makes it headache-free and as enjoyable as possible for both the seller and buyer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, we’re listening!


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