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Tractors Hitting Rural Roads


Do you ever find yourself driving along down the highway and then all of a sudden you're caught behind a tractor crawling at the pace of a snail?

If you haven't, chances are you'll find yourself in that spot pretty soon.

With rain heading our way this weekend, many area farmers are rearing to go get that soil ready for Spring planting.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer says it's important to be on the lookout for farm vehicles.

"When you are traveling it is good to be aware that it is that time of the year and please understand that they will be out and about and do not go and travel the speeds as a regular vehicle," said Fischer.

Fischer does say that accidents have been going down in Adams County since farm equipment is using more warning signs like lights and caution signs now.

Dave Niekamp owns and operates a farm in rural Coatsburg.

He says most farmers drive their tractors from the open field to the open road.

"We have to travel on the roads to get from one farm to the other because we don't all have all of our land together," said Niekamp. "I have like 240 acres here then I gotta drive. We farm clear by Golden which is 15 miles so we have to drive up there."

Niekamp says most farmers will get over if they can to let cars around them. But sometimes there's nowhere to get off the road when the bank is too steep.

Despite warning drivers to be cautious, Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer says accidents involving farm vehicles are actually going down. He credits this to the farm community.

"They have done a better job of trying to move their equipment during daytime hours which also adds to the visibility," said Fischer. "They've done a much better job of promoting themselves as far as keeping safe. Keeping their equipment well-lit."

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