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Emergency personnel use a cherry picker to search the inside of a grain bin on a farm outside of Kindred, N.D., in this December 2008 file photo. (Jay Pickthorn/The Forum)

Safety procedures need to be in place to prevent grain entrapment on farm


MITCHELL, S.D. -- Among the inherent dangers of farming, working in or around grain bins and gravity boxes remains near the top of the list. In a matter of seconds, a farmer can become trapped in grain, unable to move and breathe. Suffocation usually follows.

That was the case in Elkton, S.D., earlier this spring. Roy Clark, 77, of Elkton, climbed into a grain bin and, according to Brookings County Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring, was buried in corn.

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