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Hay harvesting equipment at work in HHD fields

Alfalfa fields are cut and processed during the three-day event.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

September 8, 2022

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The Hesston by Massey Ferguson self-propelled windrowers in field at HHD
FRONT FACING: The Hesston by Massey Ferguson self-propelled windrowers help operators cut and condition more acres in a day. For all crop conditions, this windrower offers better fuel economy.Mindy Ward

Step into a freshly cut alfalfa hayfield and take in all the smells during Husker Harvest Days. Hay demonstrations will run daily at 2 p.m.

These demonstrations showcase all the equipment you need to harvest your hay crop. Also, attendees get to see the entire alfalfa harvest process from beginning to end.

Mowers will take to the fields first. Rakes and windrowers follow. Visitors can step into the field to inspect the cut and examine plants for stems and leaves.

Rake in field at hay demo at HHD

NARROW WINDROW: After mowing, rakes are next at the haying demonstrations, as they narrow the swath. Rowse Rakes is just one of many companies attending Husker Harvest Days this year in Grand Island.

But soon after the alfalfa is cut, large round balers will take to the field next.

These machines — from pull-behind to self-propelled — gather up the crop and then head to the offload site where the bales drop.

Visitors can inspect each machine and bale, and then talk with company representatives for more information.

Visitors at HHD hay demo inspecting the bales and tightness of wraps

BALE DROP: After balers travel to the drop zone and unload the last bale, visitors can walk up to the bales and inspect the tightness and wrap. This type of in-the-field action is what makes Husker Harvest Days an event not to miss.

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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