INDIANAPOLIS — As harvest begins, motorists should be on the lookout for slow-moving farm machinery.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture encouraged motorists to exercise caution and patience as they share the road with large vehicles.

“As you’re making your plans this fall, factor in a little extra time for your travels and slow down, especially when driving through rural parts of Indiana,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

“We need everyone working together, farmers and motorists alike, to ensure a safe 2019 harvest season.”

By law, farm equipment must have the nationally designated slow-moving vehicle sign — a red triangle-shaped reflector — to warn oncoming drivers that their equipment is on the road.

These vehicles often travel under 25 mph.

“Most years, farmers are hoping to have their crops harvested by Thanksgiving, but this has been an unprecedented year,” said Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, in reference to farmers planting later than usual this spring.

“Depending on the weather, we could see some working in their fields mid to late December even. It’s important to plan accordingly.”

During harvest season, motorists are encouraged to leave 10 minutes early and to be aware of alternate routes.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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