Local farmers ask drivers to use caution, patience on roads

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In southern Illinois, farmers are behind schedule after mother nature hasn’t been too kind this season. 

Many farmers got the chance to get back to work this week after heavy rain set them back. 

This means long days for farmers as well as more equipment on the road. 

We all know the feeling, you’re in a rush and then a tractor in front of you going significantly less. 

Farmers understand it’s frustrating, but are asking for your patience so everyone stays safe. 

Blue skies and dry land mean one thing for farmers… it’s time to work. Catching up means more equipment on the roads going from field to field, and that doesn’t come easy. 

“There’s times where I’ve been rushing and I get behind someone and think ‘Oh I need to get over here,” said farmer Dennis Green who has been farming since 1974. 

Tractors on the road are notoriously slow and sometimes wide. “If the road is smooth get up to 18-20 mph an hour,” said Green. 

“I’ve pretty much seen the gambit of what you can see on the road, we’ve had a few close calls,” said farmer Chuck McDonald. 

They’re asking for all drivers to be courteous and cautious so their equipment doesn’t hurt cars and trucks and so semis don’t hurt them.  

“I know we slow people down. I wish there was a separate lane for us just to stay out of the way but that’s not the case,” said McDonald. 

“Just remember this is a key part of what provides for their food and nutrition for them and their families just the road,” said Green. 

They’re just doing their job like the rest of us and only ask for a little bit of patience on your part. 

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(This story was originally published on June 12, 2019)

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