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Corn demonstrations bring visitors into fields

Husker Harvest Days vendors show off harvest equipment during the three-day event.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

September 8, 2023

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What sets Husker Harvest Days apart from other farm shows is that it is a totally irrigated working farm, so corn harvest goes on despite the weather.

Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director, says this year’s crop is looking good at the farm site. “It will be in the right condition to test out the latest combines and corn heads,” he says.

Corn combining demonstrations will kick off at 10:30 a.m. each day, according to Jason Luebbe, who works with the equipment operators.

Drivers for each piece of equipment are provided by the manufacturer and are trained by the company on the equipment.

“The reason demos are so successful at Husker Harvest Days is that our visitors listen to safety announcements and abide by them,” Luebbe says. “These demos are for them, and I think we do a pretty good job of helping them get that close view of the equipment safely.”

He notes that visitors must stay behind the flag rope as corn combining begins.

The order of the demos follow:

  1. combines made by OEM companies

  2. companies that make heads

  3. companies that make grain carts

A recording over the loudspeakers will provide details on each piece of equipment as it goes through the field.

There are roughly 20 pieces that will take part in this year’s field demonstrations. Trams are available for those who have trouble walking to the field.

Tillage tools work the grounds

Expect to see every type of tillage tool on the market, including strip, high-speed, disk and disk ripper. The machines start on the opposite end of the field and work toward the crowds for visitors to see the equipment at working speeds. Tillage demos will follow corn harvesting.

This year, you can catch the strip-till demonstrations along Chief Flag Road and the south tram route located east of the show site. Demonstrations are continuous.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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