September 9, 2013

2013 Husker Harvest Days ready for big event


New technology is always center stage as Husker Harvest Days offers farmers and ranchers a one-stop opportunity to see the latest in agriculture.

There will definitely be a lot to see at the 36th annual Husker Harvest Days this year, scheduled for Sept. 10, 11 and 12. With a sold-out exhibit field filled with more than 600 exhibitors, there will be plenty for farmers and ranchers to check out.

Nebraska Corn
Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association will be featured in the Commodities Building on Main Street (Booth #8). 

The Nebraska Corn Board focuses on creating new markets for corn and value-added products, as well as working to further develop our livestock and ethanol industries in the state. At HHD, we will have a strong focus on getting a new five-year Farm Bill passed with crop insurance and financial support for FMD/MAP funds that further allow our corn, value-added and corn-fed beef and pork products access to international markets. As 96% of the world lives outside of the U.S., this is critical timing for these issues to arise and discuss among Nebraska farmers attending Husker Harvest Days. The Board also wants to make sure that ethanol has a place in providing renewable energy to our consumers and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. With September being Renewable Fuels Month, there is no better place and time to provide these options and support renewable fuels.

The focus of NeCGA is to emphasis on the economic importance of agriculture of the state of Nebraska. The group will be gathering producer input and thoughts regarding the states place of tax moderation and water needs funding.

As always, don’t forget to stop by for a cold can of Coca-Cola and share a conversation with our organizations!

Latest tech
From the new fall equipment introductions, crop protection products, additional farm and ranch products and services, and latest seed and crop tech for 2014 planting, to the traditional services producers need for their crops and livestock, it’s all at the show. Husker Harvest Days always is a standout resource for production and profitability ideas.

Field demonstrations
Visitors to this year’s Husker Harvest Days will once again be treated to watching machinery in the fields during field demonstrations. New combines and headers will debut in the field. Corn harvesting demonstrations are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

Other crop production demonstrations at Husker Harvest Days include spraying, shredding, tillage; GPS ride ‘n drive opportunities and haying demonstrations.

Livestock and equine events
For those more interested in livestock than crop production, Husker Harvest Days has demonstrations and exhibits geared toward livestock producers and horse enthusiasts.

Cattle handling demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the northwest corner of the show site. Lifelong horseman and rancher Ron Knodel will demonstrate his horse training techniques and share his wild-horse gentling philosophies at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily at Lot 1054. Stock dog demonstrations are returning to Husker Harvest Days this year, too. Members of the National Cattledog Association will be presenting demonstrations four times daily at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. These demos will be located north of Flag Row.

Arts and crafts
Located on West Avenue, the Craft Tent will be filled with more than 40 crafters selling candles, jewelry, paintings, toys, quilts, pottery, jam, clothing, yard ornaments and additional items. You’re bound to find something new. 

Health, wellness and more
The Nebraska Farmer magazine's Hospitality Tent, located at Main and Central, is prepared to serve Husker Harvest Days visitors. While in the Hospitality Tent, visitors can register to win prizes, meet the editors and staff of the Nebraska Farmer and additional Farm Progress publications, tour the new website services and check on their subscriptions. This year, visitors can register for a chance to win Miller welding products.

Approximately 30 booths with medical professionals and health organization representatives will be located in the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent. Visitors can take advantage of several health screenings including skin cancer screening, blood pressure testing, hearing testing and a variety of additional services.

Plan to attend
Husker Harvest Days is located west of Grand Island, 1-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Alda in central Nebraska on Husker Highway. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are free. Adult tickets are available for sale on the Husker Harvest Days website and at the show gates.

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