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Kansas Highway Patrol says in 2015, there were 106 crashes across the state involving farm equipment. (KCTV5) Kansas Highway Patrol says in 2015, there were 106 crashes across the state involving farm equipment. (KCTV5)
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

It's fall harvest season in Kansas.

Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe on the roadways, especially in rural areas where there's more harvesting equipment out and about.

Most farming equipment isn't designed to go very fast on the highway, some, 15 to 25 mph at most.

Kansas Highway Patrol is asking drivers to take extra caution.

Harvest seasons come around like clockwork.

But along with those seasons, come staggering statistics that can't be ignored.

Kansas Highway Patrol says in 2015, there were 106 crashes across the state involving farm equipment.

No one was killed but 40 people were injured in those crashes.

KHP asks drivers to keep in mind that combines and grain carts need extra room while turning on the roadway, keep an eye out for farm trucks driving onto the roadway from rarely used access roads and if you have to pass a slow-moving farm vehicle, make sure you use extreme caution.

"We farm in southern Johnson County and northern Miami County so we deal with quite a bit of traffic where we farm,” farmer Ted Guetterman said. “We’re not really a rural area here anymore.

Guetterman drives a combine on a lot of narrow roads near his family farm in Bucyrus, that weren’t designed for such large equipment.

“We’re just trying to get to the next field and get the crop harvested. And if they can just be patient with us. We’ll try to get off the road as quick as we can,” Guetterman said.

For more tips on driver safety during harvest season, click here

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