Making top quality forages isn't easy work. There's timing, variety and labor to consider, and there are increasingly better tools available - but where to learn more? At the 2011 Hay Expo you can find a round up of the newest mowers, forage harvesters, rakes, tedders, round balers, bale handlers and a host of other tools - along with seed tech too - all in one place. The show is just south of Cannon Falls, Minn. and the gates open at 9 a.m.
On Wednesday, under clear skies and with temps nearly 30 degrees cooler, and more comfortable than the day before, visitors got a look at all the new tools. This is one of the few shows where equipment rolls from a display to the field for a demo and back to the display - in many cases. It's a working show and the alfalfa fields at the Hernke Inc. operation are in top condition.
For Thursday, temperatures are a little cooler - with an expected high near 70 - so conditions will be just right for making hay and checking out the exhibits. Load up the truck and head for Cannon Falls! We'll see you here.
The Farm Progress Hay Expo marks its 25th anniversary this year. The event was developed in 1986 to fill a void in the marketplace and satisfy a need for a trade show strictly focused on forages. The Hay Expo has grown and evolved over the years but continues to be the best place for forage producers to see and learn about products and services in their industry. This marks the inaugural year for the Hay Expo in Minnesota. The 2011 Farm Progress Hay Expo will be held June 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show site is located off of Highway 52 at the intersection of Goodhue County 9 and Goodhue County 1, south of Cannon Falls, Minnesota at farms of Hernke, Inc. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle.