Anyone interested in hay and forage production will want to be in Strawberry Point, Iowa, June 16 and 17. That’s the date and location for the 24th annual Farm Progress Hay Expo.
Started in 1986 the Hay Expo has grown to be the nation’s premier forage field day. The two-day show caters to the large hay grower by showcasing the top manufacturers in the haying industry. Field demonstrations include mowing, conditioning, baling, hay handling and silage demonstrations on alfalfa and forages. Visitors will be able to compare the various equipment brands operating side-by-side under actual field conditions.
Matt and Jana Hamlett’s farm, located off Highway 3, just west of Strawberry Point is the location for this year’s Hay Expo. They milk 250 cows and are committed to dairy farming. And doing a good job of forage production is very important for dairying to be successful. “The Hay Expo is a great informational and educational opportunity for farmers interested in hay and forage,” says Matt.
Sponsored by Farm Progress publications, Wallaces Farmer, Wisconsin Agriculturist and The Farmer, the Hay Expo offers a look at new hay and forage technology with an extensive exhibit field and working demonstrations conducted throughout each day.
The event was staged at this location in 2006. "There are a few things that will be different from the show in 2006. The dates are earlier and will hopefully fall between first and second cuttings to allow more farmers to attend," notes Matt. "Plus the exhibit field and parking will be in different locations."
New products, technology
"For the serious hay producer looking to make the most out of their crop, the Hay Expo is the best possible place to gather information," says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national shows manager.
A 10-acre exhibit field will highlight displays from the major and short line specialty manufacturers, seed, building and storage facility suppliers, and a range of related product suppliers. Exhibitors plan to showcase a host of new products aimed at boosting the efficiency and profitability of hay and forage production.
Visitors will also be able to talk with exhibitors about seed, hay marketing, crop production, conservation and more. There will be educational exhibits as by groups such as Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa State University, hay and forage groups, and others.
Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $7 per vehicle. The public is welcome. For more information, visit HayExpo.com or call 866-264-7469.