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Madrid farmer puts safety ahead of profit from corn PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

Summer in our rural communities is abuzz with residents going every which way.

The farmers are on the move with machinery, kids are involved in activities, the fair is underway, and everyone is running an errand or two daily.

It’s a good time to remind the public that driving on county roads can be a safety issue when the corn is so high.

Bruce Young, who lives and farms near Madrid, recently mowed down a couple acres of dryland corn so the intersection near his home is clearly visible. 

“Life is too precious to risk over $40 in your pocket,” he said. Accidents at intersections in rural Perkins County over the past several years have cost some people their lives. 

Young cited an accident about four years ago that  gave him the incentive to think about his own fields and the safety of drivers who pass along the road near his home, in addition to thinking of his own safety. 

“It was an eye opener,” said Young, which prompted him to take care of the blind corner near his house when the corn gets tall. 

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