If you want to see what a tool can actually do instead of just visualizing it in your head while you look at it in an exhibit or showroom floor, come to Husker Harvest Days. Field demonstrations have been a hallmark of the show since the first show in 1978, and are just as important today. The type of demonstrations have changed with the times, and will be tweaked again this year to in response to the latest trends in agriculture.
“We intend to run demonstrations every day, weather permitting,” says Matt Jungmann, national events manager. “We will do our best to let you see the equipment operate in the field as long as the weather conditions are such that it is safe and the tools can perform reasonably well.”
Demonstrations planned for this year include corn combining, tillage, haying and precision farming demonstrations. Corn combining demonstrations run each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fields 1, 2 and 3. Standard 30-inch row corn will be harvested. Field preparation equipment (spraying, shredding and tillage) will follow the corn combines in the same field.
Strip tillage machines will work side-by-side in corn stubble. These demos run each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the north side of South Tram Road between the exhibit field and visitor parking.
If you want to see the latest in precision farming technology, head to the Precision Demonstration area south of the seed plots. It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thursday, when it shuts down at 4 p.m.
Always one of the highlights, haying demos – mowing, raking, baling and hay handling – are planned each afternoon from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Check out the latest lawn mower models on the southeast corner of the exhibit field. Demos run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Maximize your time
Here are 8 tips which will help you get more out of this year’s field demonstrations
1. Study field demonstrations map: The map printed here shows where intended harvest should happen each day. All demonstration fields are located near the exhibit field.
2. Stay alert for last minute changes: If weather or other factors force changes to the schedule, show management will make every effort to notify visitors through as many mediums as possible. There will be an electronic message board near the main entrance along the Avenue of Flags to update you on the way into the show, or just check in at one of the five Sukup information booths.
3. Know times of various demos: Combining is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT each day. Tillage demonstrations follow the combines in the same field. Strip tillage demos run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Safety first in the field!: Members of the field crews wearing orange vests will help facilitate the demonstrations. Please follow their instructions. A rope is used to designate how far you can come toward the tillage demonstrations. Please respect the rope and follow directions.
5. Mark pass of first run: Field supervisors intend to label the first pass of each piece of tillage equipment. This will allow you to see what the field looks like after that piece of equipment runs as you are allowed to move across the field.
6. Use golf cart only if necessary: Too many golf carts congregating near tillage demonstrations cause problems for organizers and other guests. If you must use a golf cart to attend the tillage demonstrations, please stay behind the roped area and be courteous to others trying to watch the demos.
7. Ride and drive: Several companies will offer ride and drive opportunities on everything from ATV’s to pickup trucks. Ride and Drive areas are marked on the exhibit field map.
8. Confirm what tools are running: If you want to see a specific tool run, visit the exhibit for that company before the exhibit time. Find out which tools they’re demonstrating in the field. Some companies may choose not to demonstrate all tools. Others may operate prototype machines in the field that aren’t on their lots.
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