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

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

September 8, 2022

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Corn being harvested at HHD demo
IN ACTION: Visitors to Husker Harvest Days walk into the field to see combines, tractors and grain carts harvest the show site’s corn crop. It is a unique experience to evaluate farm machinery in action.Mindy Ward

Corn combining demonstrations kick off at 10:30 a.m. each day at Husker Harvest Days, says Jason Luebbe, who works with the equipment operators at the show.

Drivers for each piece of equipment are provided by the manufacturer and trained by their own company on the equipment. Drivers choose their operating speed.

“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,” adding that visitors must stay behind the flag rope as combining begins.

The order of the demos follow:

  • combines made by OEM companies

  • companies that make heads

  • companies that make grain carts

This year, a recording of Farm Progress broadcaster Max Armstrong will be heard over the loudspeakers. Armstrong will share the details of each piece of equipment as it goes through the field. About 10 pieces will take part in this year’s demonstrations.

Trams are available for those who have trouble walking to the field. They will load and unload on the west end of the showgrounds. Be sure to keep all hands and feet inside the tram, and enter and exit only when stopped. If trams are nearly full, let those with the most trouble walking ride.

Tillage demos

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

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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