The Farm Progress Show Begins

Prairie Gleanings

Stop by and see me in the Hospitality Tent. I'm the one with fresh hay-hauling scratches all over my forearms.

Published on: August 29, 2011
Tomorrow the Farm Progress Show kicks off full bore. What started as an expanse of land with a checker board of paved streets has transformed into a city of tents, tractors and combines.

It’s also the beginning of a grueling three days of newsgathering for me and nine other editors. Between press events and scheduled interviews, I’ll be gathering info and photos of new products at the show.

If you get a chance, please come by and see me in the Hospitality Tent. I’ll be there from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s at the corner of Sixth and Central. I’ll keep a notebook handy for any story ideas you might want to share.

The next three days are going to be pretty tough. However, they won’t be nearly as demanding as this past Sunday. That’s right, I was finally able to make good on a promise I made to Moweaqua farmer Matt Burgener in 2009.

A couple years ago, I foolishly mentioned how I’d never experienced the most exhausting of farm tasks – hauling hay. Burgener invited me to his Shelby County farm to experience this unique summer task. A broken foot and a family tragedy kept me tied up for the past two summers. However, this summer, I was finally able to make good on the offer.

After all 180 (or so) bales were put up, several folks asked if it was everything I thought it would be. Yep, pretty much. If you look back in history, I’ll bet there’s a strong correlation between the advent of the high school weight room and the adoption of big, round bales. A summer of putting up hay would make football two-a-days look like a walk in the park.

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