More Education at Hay Expo

The Hay Expo has joined forces with Iowa State University to offer an educational component to this year’s show.

Published on: May 3, 2012

The Hay Expo will have an even stronger educational component this year. Elwynn Taylor, Extension Climatologist will be speaking both days at 12:30 on the topic “Weather: What Next?”

“We are very pleased that Iowa State Extension has decided to offer a program each day of the show as well as staff educational displays concerning topics that are relevant in the forage industry,” says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager.

In addition to the educational program, Iowa State University Extension will have displays focusing on various forage topics. Those displays include several that focus on the cellulosic industry including growing miscanthus in Iowa, addressing what is considered clean biomass, strategic placement of perennial grasses for biofuel production, how removing corn stover influences future fertility management. The educational displays will also cover alfalfa topics including recommendations for alfalfa fertilizer, alfalfa insect pests, best alfalfa production practices and alfalfa diseases and fungicide options.

EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS: Iowa State University will have a number of displays. Some will deal with cellulosic ethanol, biomass production, etc.
EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS: Iowa State University will have a number of displays. Some will deal with cellulosic ethanol, biomass production, etc.

A highlight of the Hay Expo is the working field demonstrations. Demonstrations cover the process to harvest forages from the beginning to the end.

“Demonstrations begin in the morning with mowing, conditioning and chopping then continues in the afternoon with raking, baling and hay handling. Watching the machines operate side-by-side under actual field conditions is an excellent opportunity for producers.”

A 10-acre exhibit field will highlight displays from the major and shortline 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.

“The exhibit field is the place to discuss seed, hay marketing, crop production, conservation and more. There will be educational exhibits, hay and forage grounds and others,” notes Jungmann.

“The Central Iowa Expo facility is a great location to host a Hay Expo,” says Jungmann. “The location is readily accessible for forage producers driving to the event and the close proximity to a major metropolitan area makes it easy for those flying into the show. The Central Iowa Expo facility also offers us more amenities than we usually have including electricity and permanent restrooms.”

The Boone County Cattlemen will serve food and drink on site. Trams will be available from the exhibit field to the different demonstration locations.

Hay Expo is sponsored Farm Progress publications Wallaces Farmer, The Farmer and Wisconsin Agriculturist.

The 2012 Farm Progress Hay Expo will be held June 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show site is located off of Highway 30 at the intersection Highway 17, east of Boone, Iowa at Central Iowa Expo. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome. For more information, visit www.HayExpo.com or call 866-264-7469.

Morgan is Farm Progress national events marketing specialist.