Check Out Specialty Crop Equipment Showcase On June 8

U of I Extension is hosting a seminar for specialty growers looking to reduce the amount of labor in their farm operation.

Published on: May 23, 2013

Large-scale farmers tend to have a solid support network when it comes to machinery, agronomy and technology.

Many times, specialty growers aren't privy to the same resources. However, the University of Illinois hopes to rectify that by hosting a specialty grower equipment showcase on June 8.

Hans Bishop of Atlanta's PrairiErth Farm will demonstrate the specialty crops equipment that he uses to reduce hand work, and improve efficiency and employee job satisfaction on Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m.

"Attendees will see a bed system and how each machine is designed to work within that system," explains U of I Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant. "Featured equipment will be the Allis Chalmers model G, a multi-row vegetable seed planter, a water wheel transplanter, a bed shaper, a plastic mulch layer, and various cultivation implements."

ORGANIC FARMER: Dave Bishop is the owner of PrairiErth Farms, an organic farm located just outside of Atlanta.
ORGANIC FARMER: Dave Bishop is the owner of PrairiErth Farms, an organic farm located just outside of Atlanta.

Additional topics will be covered, including:

How to improve efficiencies and planning by implementing a standardized bed system for all crops

What you need to do to begin mechanical cultivation of crops

Use of plastics in organic specialty crops

A tour of the farm will follow as well as hands-on time—weather permitting—to experience how the machines work, Cavanaugh-Grant notes. 

For more information contact Cavanaugh-Grant at cvnghgrn@illinois.edu, 217-782-4617. PrairiErth Farm is located at 2047 County Road 2100 N in Atlanta, Ill.

Source: University of Illinois