Big equipment moving through lush alfalfa can really show how a machine will perform, and for the 2011 Hay Expo, farmers got their chance to see plenty of new equipment at work. From the latest in mowing, tedding and forage chopping machines, to rakes, bales and bale-handling tools the demonstrations "made" the show.
On the 10-acre exhibit grounds farmers could learn more about the latest in alfalfa seed technology, or gather information about marketing and management from a variety of exhibitors. For the 25th anniversary show, the even traveled north to Minnesota, a first for the Hay Expo.
The show location provided easy access for visitors and ample parking. And large fields allowed visitors to see equipment make long runs - which can be very helpful with bigger equipment. It was a great location for the event.
A week that opened with record-high temperatures started cooling down as the First Day arrived and by the morning of Day Two visitors and show staff were layering up to keep warm. The sun shown on both days during demonstrations and for the Tent city.
Thanks to all the exhibitors on hand for the 25th Anniversary event, and for the visitors who traveled to the show site to check out the latest in farm technology. The Hernke Family were top-notch hosts for the event and provided excellent quality fields for haying demonstrations.
We'll see you next year at the 26th annual show, the dates and locations for that event will be posted early in 2012 so make plans to check back for that information; and plan to attend!
About Hay Expo: The Farm Progress Hay Expo started 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.