Catch the Latest at Empire Farm Days

Three-day ag showcase kicks off on Tuesday near Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Published on: Aug 4, 2008

Next week's Empire Farm Days provides countless opportunities to test drive tractors, GPS-equipped machines and trucks, promises Show Manager Melanie Wickham. And you'll find the latest technology innovations on exhibitor lots and running in the demonstration fields.

The 2008 Empire Farm Days takes place Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at the Rodman Lott & Sons Farm on Route 414 south of Seneca Falls, N.Y. More than 600 exhibits are expected.

"This year, you'll be able to drive a GPS-equipped vehicle on the test track," notes Wickham, "and begin to see how it might fit your farm. We'll also have daily sessions on gas leasing at 2 p.m., and live horse handling demonstrations. That's in addition to the dairy profit seminars."

In the fields

Watch forage harvesting and tillage equipment run, and learn how Global Positioning Systems boost machine efficiency and save time and costs. Here's the daily schedule:

10 a.m.: Corn and haylage chopping
11 a.m.: Hay mowing
1 p.m.: Tillage and guidance systems
2 p.m.: Hay raking, baling, processing, handling

On the test drive tracks you find:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Compact tractors ride and drive
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: GPS ride and drive experience
All day: Tundra pick up off-road drive course

Dairy profit seminars

Here's what kicks off at 10:30 each morning in the Dairy Seminar Center with panels including dairy farmers, consultants and other experts:
Aug. 5: Transition cow tune-up" focuses on diet, health and housing.
Aug. 6: Clean, productive dairy facilities
Aug. 7: Business of grazing

Pre-EFD dairy farm tours set

On Aug. 4, PRO-DAIRY will host a drive-yourself tour of Hemdale Farms new robotic dairy facility at Seneca Castle, N.Y., and another new dairy complex in western New York.

The tour kicks off at 1 p.m. at Hemdale Farms, just north of the village of Seneca Castle, where partners Dale and Rene Hemminger and Casey Kunes built a 227-stall robotic barn with four Lely robotic units.

Then drive north to Wolcott, N.Y. to check out Merrell Farms' eight-row cross-ventilated barn with 1,424 stalls equipped with evaporative cooling. It's owned by. Jon and Karen Merrell. Key features include radio frequency sort gates in the holding area and a 72-stall rotary parlor.

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