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Welcome to Husker Harvest Days 2022

Three days of field demos, irrigation tech displays and new crop competitions are planned.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

September 13, 2022

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Visitors at HHD walking the streets as vendor shows off irrigation equipment
JOIN US AT THE SHOW: Take a walk down the streets of Husker Harvest Days, as various vendors show off the latest in irrigation, harvest and cattle equipment. Mindy Ward

For 45 years, Husker Harvest Days has offered something quite special to those attending. We know this is true because generations of farmers and ranchers and their families travel to Grand Island, Neb., every year for the show; it is a tradition. They keep coming back, because HHD offers that “pure ag” experience.

How do I know this? I am one of those farmers. I drove the three hours south of my farm in northern Nebraska to visit Husker Harvest Days. That was long before I started working at Nebraska Farmer.

I looked for new technologies, livestock demonstrations and manufacturers who were unveiling the latest new products. I enjoyed seeing old friends at HHD, but mostly I attended because I wanted to learn about what was on the horizon that could make me profitable and more efficient.

Irrigation tech

The show is unique in many ways, and it has been that way since the beginning. If you look back at the original flyers for that first show, HHD was touted as the “World’s Fair of Irrigated Agriculture.” It was true 45 years ago, and it is even more so today.

All major center-pivot manufacturers are headquartered in Nebraska and have prominent displays of their latest products at HHD. The center pivot offers an autonomous machine out there in the field, so using that machine not only for irrigation but also for fertigation and chemigation treatments is just a natural expansion of this multiple-use equipment.

Beyond pivots, irrigation technologies, subsurface drip, service and maintenance, sprinkler packages, wheels and tires, pipe, power sources and every component imaginable, including water management and conservation-related tech, are on display. If you are interested in irrigation, no matter where you are operating, HHD is the show for you.

Along with the ever-popular corn harvest and haying demonstrations, you won’t want to miss the Farm Next or Nebraska Industry panels on the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent stage, not just for irrigation technology, but also for discussions about new agriculture startups and new products in all phases of production ag.

HHD is also unique because of the popular side-by-side cattle chute and processing demonstrations each day, along with extensive beef programming. Producers won’t want to miss stock dog training demonstrations or horse gentling workshops by Ron Knodel.

Crop Skills Challenge

The University of Nebraska TAPS team for the first time will be hosting a Crop Skills Challenge at HHD, twice each day, so you can earn prizes along with bragging rights over your neighbors by showing off your prowess in real farm physical tasks, and tasks between the ears in crop management.

Overall, HHD has something for everyone, but it isn’t just a show to entertain or network, but ultimately to learn ways to be most profitable. That’s what “pure ag” means, and that’s why I attended when I was farming. It is the main reason farm families show up, year after year, at HHD today. So, we welcome you to the show, and we are so glad to see our old friends back and to meet new ones, too.

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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