FTD field demonstrations to highlight forage harvesting equipmentFarmers are invited to take to the fields at the 2018 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Wood County to see the latest innovations in hay and forage harvesting equipment. Demonstrations will be held 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. all three days of the July 10-12 show near Marshfield.
Mike Gronski, the show’s Field Demonstrations Committee chairman, is a field agronomist for Pioneer/Corteva Agriscience. He's inviting show-goers to see second-crop haylage mowed, merged and chopped. The crop will be delivered to bunkers at D&B Sternweis Farms, a Wisconsin Farm Technology Days co-host.
He said Wood County organizers decided to stick to the basics in 2018 by concentrating field demonstrations only on forage harvest.
“The alfalfa fared well over winter,” Gronski said, crediting adequate snow cover in Central Wisconsin. “The younger stands came through really well. Older stands are always dicier. But last year they were thickened with later-maturing orchardgrass.”
Host farmers intend to keep the alfalfa utilized for field demonstrations in production after the show.
Meanwhile, major farm equipment manufacturers will be on hand for the field demonstrations. Companies will have several minutes to introduce their piece of equipment. Machinery will then travel over a thousand-foot block. And finally, the units will be parked and shut off so farmers can walk the field block to inspect the forage.
Gronski anticipated each run taking about a half hour.
Our thanks to the companies participating in Field Demonstrations:
• Case IH
• Dion Ag.
• H & S
• John Deere
• Meyer Mfg.
• New Holland
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