Over the next three days in Grand Island, farmers and ranchers from across the region will descend on the Husker Harvest Days grounds for the 36th annual celebration of agriculture on the Plains. There are literally thousands of things to see and do at HHD. Here are five of my favorites.
1. Field demonstrations galore. What do you want to see? Combining, haying, tillage, antique plowing, lawn mowing and much more. You can see the newest and the biggest in the fields doing their thing. You’ll also hear from the manufacturers all the details you need to know. The demos are loud and impressive, and at HHD, everybody has a front row pass.
2. Livestock, herding dog and horse gentling demonstrations. Live cattle-handling demonstrations started 25 years ago at Husker Harvest Days, and Dr. Joe Jeffrey and an experienced crew of chute handlers and manufacturers will again be on hand to show you the latest equipment available for working cattle. Ron Knodel is on hand for his informative horse gentling demonstrations, and it is always a treat to watch veteran herding dogs and their handlers move sheep and cattle.
3. Ride n’ Drive. You can ride n’ drive a wide range of equipment and vehicles at HHD, including everything from ATVs and pickups to tractors and spraying equipment. Learn more about how things work by experiencing that equipment in action.
4. Irrigation equipment and technology. It might be safe to say that HHD most likely has more information, more pivots and more irrigation technology, including a new subsurface drip irrigation system on site and in action than any other farm show around. Nebraska is an irrigated state and they don’t call HHD the world’s largest totally irrigated farm show for nothing.
5. Water, water, water. Our friends at the University of Nebraska have chosen “water” as this year’s focus for their exhibits and hands-on displays at HHD. You will get an up close look at the latest agricultural innovations, technology and research in improving the efficient use, quality and availability of water.
Be sure to stop by the Nebraska Farmer hospitality tent to participate in several health screenings, learn more about improving your health and to visit with editors and staff. See you at the show.
Here is this week’s discussion question. What is your favorite aspect of Husker Harvest Days? Feel free to share your comments and experiences with us here.
Husker Harvest Days at Grand Island is just around the corner. Get ready for the big show by visiting the HHD website, or by downloading the HHD app.
Check out Nebraska Farmer online for the latest news on the growing and grazing season. You can read my new print column – Bow Creek Chronicles – in Nebraska Farmer magazine, or follow Husker Home Place on Twitter. And watch this blog the first Friday of every month for my “Field Editor’s Report” featuring the positive stories about the families who raise our food. Pass it on!