Safe Ag Systems uses technology to comply with WHS requirements

Managing safety and security on large properties can be challenging but technology introduced by South Australian company Safe Ag Systems now greatly assists in the process. Safe Ag Systems | Helping to make safety a priority for agribusinesses When people are crowding into the front bar of the country pub or cramming into a neighbour’s […]

Nitro boost

Farmers are being urged to check Nitrogen levels in soils ahead of sowing. One accepted strategy to combat a nitrogen deficiency is topdressing with liquid fertilisers soon after sowing, early in the season to maximise yields. Source: AFDJ eNews Liquid fertilisers give better coverage than granular and offer the ability to custom brew the mix […]

On-farm safety a winner for high schools

Community effort and tips for staying safe on-farm was a winning formula for Kimba Area School which has taken out the inaugural Farm Safety Student Video Competition and the $1000 prize money. Source: Eyre Tribune The competition, conducted by Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP), was open to high school students in an effort to encourage […]

Pesticides more harmful than tractors

Airborne substances such as pesticides and exhaust fumes accounted for 97 deaths in the agriculture sector in 2010, WorkSafe New Zealand has found. Source: Radio New Zealand Its review of agricultural sector data also revealed 670 people were hospitalised due to toxins released into the air. WorkSafe agriculture programme manager Al McCone said the figures were surprising. “It reveals to us […]

American farmers hacking with Ukrainian firmware

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Source: Motherboard Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform “unauthorized” repair […]

EU AG vehicle accidents priority actions

Compared with accidents with other vehicles, the number of on-road accidents with agricultural vehicles in the EU is low. Source: AFDJ eNews The risk of being involved in an on-road accident is lower (-82%) per hour worked for new tractors (<13 yrs. old) than for old ones. With 56% of all road accidents with tractors […]

Fake farm machinery scam

Farmers have been warned of a fake farm machinery website claiming to be based in Ireland and trading in farm equipment. Source: FarmIreland The company which lists an address in Limerick has already ripped off a Lithuanian farmer for as much as €19,000 when she tried to purchase a tractor off the website. The woman said she had […]

Farm safety is a game

Family farming differs from other professions because people in this field both work and live in the same location. This means the risk of injury in the workplace is higher than usual; you never leave the workplace. Source: AFDJ eNews Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries, with an estimated annual cost of agricultural injuries exceeding $4.5 billion. Researchers […]

Farm safety equals profit

National Farm Safety Week is on from 18-22 July and aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia. Sources: AFDJ eNews, ABC Rural This year’s theme is “Safe Farms = Profit”, and seeks to focus on the practical issues that farmers can take to improve safety for themselves, their workers, family members and […]

Power farming – take care

Farmers, who are taking advantage of opening season rain, are being reminded about the deadly threat posed by power lines on their properties. Source: The Recorder “The deaths of two farmers in Queensland in March and April are tragic reminders of the danger from power lines on farms,” said Paul Roberts, spokesman for SA Power Networks. A […]