It's Day 2 of Husker Harvest Days (and day 3 of this blog) and I awoke to some weather this morning because I stay in Grand Island (where all the hotels are). Yet on my very early morning drive to the show site, seeing some lightning, I got to the site where things were just a little damp. Yep looks like another good day for a show, and field demos.
The outdoor farm show scene brings with it a sense of adventure. I'm not sure my events director would agree with the term "adventure" when he's dealing with mud-packed cars and parked combines. But the uncertainty of weather brings interest to an outdoor show. Yet when all things click, as they did Tuesday, visitors get to see plenty - both in the exhibit field area and in the demo area.
Combines were rolling on Tuesday at the show (as noted in in a Farm Industry News Facebook post) and plenty of show visitors made the trek to fields to see new machines and new corn heads. Agco showed off its new Command corn head, Drago, Capello, Calmar and Geringhoff were also on hand to run. Case IH, John Deere, New Holland and Claas ran machines to show their latest tools too.
One thing I noticed is just how tough corn stalks keep getting. Walking across the demo area you couldn't push those talks over easily and all I could think about was the news I learned at a Michelin event last year that the average strength rating of a corn stalk is well above the highest realistic strength rating any tire maker can match. Result? Tire repairs.
The corn looks good, and the 101 day variety is yielding nearly 200 bushels per acre. That gives those combines a good workout. I noticed that all the combines had their chaff spreading systems disabled, the farm managers here like to bale stalks for later use, and that makes things easier.
Those on site can tell you what they thought of the performance of each combine - that's the beauty of a demo you can see things with your own eyes. There's always going to be value for that kind of event - when the weather cooperates.
Oh and I've tracked down the artist for that steer, so I'll let you know more about that one tomorrow. Stay tuned. You can see earlier blogs in this week's series by clicking on the related links below (and there's more there too)