During harvest season, we often encounter some of the hardest, most demanding tasks that we’ve faced throughout the entirety of any given year. The long days and back-breaking work will put even the most seasoned farmer through the wringer! And while we trust that you’re well-equipped to handle anything put in your way, we wanted to take a brief moment to remind you to take care of your most important personal tool: yourself.
Have a Healthy, Healthy Harvest Season
Don’t underestimate the importance of prioritizing your health while you’re on the job. Here are some quick reminders on how to have a healthy harvest season.
Drink water, drink some more water and don’t over-do it with the coffee and other sugary drinks (as tempting as they may be!). Heat exhaustion has a sneaky way of creeping up on unsuspecting, dehydrated farmers, so always keep a bottle nearby.
Protect Your Skin
This one is easy to neglect, but it can really come back and bite you. May we suggest these tips?
Don’t Skip Meals
This is another one that almost all of us are guilty of. Glazing over one of the day’s meals seems a lot easier than making up for lost time and work later, right? Surely it’s not that big of a deal? Wrong and wrong again. Healthy, regular nutrition throughout the day (especially those really long ones) is critical for maintaining blood sugar levels, which is vital for making it through all of that hard work in front of you.
Get Enough Sleep
As long days grow even longer, and hard work grows even harder, we expect that this is an easy one that many farmers look forward to, yet still often neglect. Adequate sleep works wonders for body and mind recovery and helps prevent accidents and loss of efficiency caused by sleep deprivation and exhaustion.
Run Frequent Safety Checks
All of the tips we’ve mentioned so far are sure-fire ways to have a healthy harvest season, but you can’t very well be healthy if you aren’t also practicing safety at the same time. Don’t forget to conduct regular equipment checks to ensure that everything is running as planned and that all equipment runs at max efficiency. Here are some reminders in case you need them.
Whether you’re a seasoned harvester or new to the game, all farmers can agree that it doesn’t take long for harvest season days to become increasingly longer, more challenging, and more stressful. And no matter how long you’ve been on the job, it’s always important to prioritize your personal health. You work hard — give yourself a break!
If you’re looking for new or used harvest season equipment, service for your current machinery, or anything else harvest season-related, contact your nearest HFS location for help with harvesting the Hurst Way!