If you've never attended the Louisville Farm Machinery Show, or if you haven't been since they remodeled the old east wing into the North wing, put it on your agenda of things to do next year. We found Hoosiers exhibiting, visiting, and placing in contests during our visit. The traffic jam to get there due to bridge problems didn't stop Hoosiers from showing up and being part of the show.
From a northern Indiana Extension educator there for his first, yes, first time: "We walked all morning, and then someone said, we've got to go to the south wing yet. I thought, what, there's more? Turns out the south wing is the biggest hall of them all. I've never seen an indoor show like this."
Steve Pitts manned the Stewarts Seed booth on Friday with help from some other Stewart salesmen. He noted that business was brisk. He attributed that partially to a good showing for their product sin Purdue University trials in southeast Indiana this past year.
Then there was the Kohlhagen family from Rennselaer. They participated in the Unverferth Brent grain cart video contest, and were chosen as runners-up. Voting was actually done by visitors to the company's Website. Their second-place finish earned them a large shopping spree to Cabellas. Look for more on the Kohlhagen's video later this week.
Ken Townsend, Trafalgar, has exhibited equipment for cattle and other livestock operations for as long as I can remember going to the show. He had his spot filled again with equipment, some of which he and his son manufacture themselves. Business was brisk at his booth as well. Townsend Sales offers a 5% discount for any livestock producer who completes the voluntary producer's certification program offered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
Dave Nanda was also there. He's the author of Breeder's Journal in Indiana Prairie Farmer. He was there in his role as director of genetics and technology for Seed Consultants, Inc.
You didn't have to look very hard to find Hoosiers at the show.