The location for the 2009 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days has been announced in Dodge County. Last Wednesday, organizers of the state's largest outdoor farm show introduced the owners of Crave Brothers LLC, who include Charles, George, Tom and Mark Crave and their families, as the host family for the July 21-23 event.
The Crave family business started 26 years ago and has continued to progress as more family members become involved. The farm includes 1,600 acres with alfalfa, corn for silage, corn for grain and soybeans. A neighbor will cooperate with the family for wheat demonstrations.
Charles Crave says the farm is in a growth mode, moving from the present 750 cows to 1,000 cows over the next several years. The farm also raises 700 heifers at various ages.
"It's a pleasure and honor to be selected," Charles stated during a small ceremony. "We took a deep breath and decided we'd step forward to do this."
As hosts for the show, the family will go to work immediately with the Executive Committee and state Farm Technology Days coordinators to plan crop rotations to fit with the field demonstrations that will likely include forage harvesting, wheat harvesting, and tillage.
Dave Frohling of Watertown is serving as the chairman of the 2009 Farm Technology Days Executive Committee. Dodge County Extension Crops and Soils Agent Matt Hanson is the executive secretary and Chuck Schranz will serve as treasurer. Other committee members currently working on the event include Dave Buss, Neal Stippich, Allen Behl, Lisa Condon, Jennifer Oechsner, Gerald Adelmeyer, Roger Kaminski, Steve Buss, Gloria Hafemeister and Jim Koepke.
This will be the third time Dodge County has hosted Farm Technology Days. The show was first held in 1964 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. In 1991 it was hosted by Brownsville dairyman Gordon Berg.
Next year, Farm Technology Days will be held in Green County during the fall at Plainview Stock Farms, owned by Keith and Teresa Blumer, along with their son Trent and wife Krishell. And the July 2008 show will be held in Brown County at the Bud and Ione Gerritts farm in DePere.