Observations from the Farm Progress Hay Expo

posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Blog

On June 24-25, I had the pleasure of working the Farm Progress Hay and Forage Expo in Cannon Falls, MN. The attendance was down for the show due to the weather, it was ideal conditions for making hay and many people were starting their second cutting of alfalfa.

It astonishes me every time I am at a show and visit with people to learn where they are from and about their operations. I ran into one guy from Western Australia, another from Michigan and yet another from Kansas, and still my own customers that were 10 miles away. The one common problem I heard is the weather. First Crop was hard to get up in a timely manner with good conditions as it sunny and perfect conditions for about 3-4 Days, after that it would rain for a week.

I like to think of myself as a problem solver, not necessarily a salesman, but to try and aide the customer in figuring out how we can make a good product in a timely manner. The new products that John Deere had on display at the show, I can easily see the benefits of how these units would fit into most operations and help harvest the high quality feed. The new 960 Round Baler that was on display, allows you to make a higher density silage baler at faster speeds, allowing you to get more done in a day. The B-Wrap Kit installed on to a customer’s current baler, applies a thin layer of fabric to prevent water and snow from entering the bale and causing it to spoil. Also on display was the new 8600 Forage Harvester, which with bigger and wider feed roll opening and redesigned crop flow this machine will out preform previous models allowing more capacity to be achieved.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a better crop. Sometimes just looking at your operation and how you do things helps a lot. Feel free to contact myself or any other of our experience staff to have us make suggestions as to what we have seen work and what others may be trying. Remember our Past Experience Guarantees Your Future Success.

Thomas Duden

SPFH Specialist