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Motorists reminded to watch out for slow-moving
farm equipment

Virginia farmers are poised to reap plentiful harvests this fall, and that means more farm equipment on roadways.According to a mid-August report released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, harvests for Virginia-grown corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans are expected to increase from last year’s totals. With the expectation of improved crop yields, Virginia motorists are asked to prepare themselves for a busy harvest season sharing the state’s roadways with farmers moving equipment.

Through November, various activities will require growers to drive their machinery on public roadways. Because farming equipment often is slow-moving and can be wider than a single travel lane, farmers and other drivers are being encouraged to use caution.

“The fall months are always a busy time on Virginia’s rural roadways,” remarked Dana Fisher, chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Farm Safety Advisory Committee.

“Now that the dog days of summer are over, you’re going to s...

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