This year’s Hay & Forage Expo comes to Southeast Minnesota next week. The 29th annual version of the event is set for June 24 and 25 near Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on the Hernke’s Inc. farm.
Marc Hernke, one of the host farmers, reports that his first-cut crop of hay looked good, even after coming through an open winter and that the second cut will have about 30 days to mature just ahead of the show.That’s good news for hay and forage producers traveling to this year’s show to get a look at the latest products in action. Hernke reports that while his farm gets some benefit from hosting the event, he sees it more of a benefit to the community. He notes it’s an opportunity for farmers to come to one place to see a lot of new technology geared toward hay and forage making.
The Hay & Forage Expo™, is slated to bring the latest hay and forage tools, technology and suppliers at its 2015 event location near Cannon Falls, Minn., June 24 and 25 on the Hernke’s, Inc. farm.
Minnesota is one of the nation’s top five alfalfa producing states along with California, South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa. “This is a great location for the Hay & Forage Expo,” says Matt Jungmann, Penton Farm Progress national events manager. “The show site is located with direct access off U.S. Hwy 52 and farmers will find it very easy travel to and attend the event.”
The two-day hay exposition showcases mowing, conditioning, baling, hay handling and silage demonstrations on 200 acres of prime alfalfa and forages. Visitors have multiple opportunities to compare the most popular equipment brands operating side by side under actual field conditions.
Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is $10 per vehicle.