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Farm safety

A Central Illinois corn and soybean farmer cultivates his field for spring planting in Waverly in 2013. 

DECATUR — Drivers are urged to use caution as farmers begin spring planting, the Illinois State Police said in a news release Monday.

The planting season requires large agricultural vehicles to travel between fields and sometimes into towns. Drivers should use extra caution during sunrise and sunset when visibility is limited and machinery will be harder to see, the state police said.

“Drivers should remain especially alert during spring planting,” said Capt. Cory Ristvedt, District 12 commander. “Be prepared to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow-moving vehicles.”

These vehicles may travel 25 mph or slower. Drivers should pay close attention to turn signals, which can be hard to see, the state police said.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert, avoid distractions and be prepared to meet oncoming farm vehicles, said the state police, who asked drivers to be patient and keep a safe distance from farm vehicles.

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