The Hay & Forage Expo is underway at the Hernke farm in Cannon Falls, MN. Field demonstrations started off and are going strong. And after closing the first day, exhibitors are looking forward to Day 2, Thursday, June 25, with gates open at 9 a.m. and the first demonstration starting at 10 a.m.
Mowing and tedding started the activitiies, moving across the field to chopping and finally wrapping up the day (no pun intended) with baling.
Sunny skies and big toys drew crowds out to the demonstration fields where they are able to see the latest machines in action. Once the machines finish their demonstrations they head back on the exhibitor lot where visitors can get up close and personal to scope out the details or talk to exhibitors.
In the haying industry tent exhibitors had plenty to offer. And be sure to stop by the lunch stand for a delicious meal.
The Hay & Forage Expo event marks its 29th year and is hosted by The Farmer, Wallaces Farmer and Wisconsin Agriculturalist.
The Hernkes - brothers Marc and Dave, and cousin Rahn - own and operate 2,500 acres. They raise 500 acres of alfalfa annually, chopping 80% of it as haylage for their 800-cow dairy herd.
"We decided to host Expo a second time because it is good for the local economy and for Minnesota farmers," Marc says. "They don't have to drive so far to see the latest in hay and forage machinery."
The Hernkes set aside 150 acres for the Expo site. Sections of fields will be used for mowing, conditioning, baling and chopping equipment demonstrations. A 10-acre exhibit site will display balers, choppers, mower-conditioners, tedders, baggers, rakes, bale stackers, hay dryers and more. Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome.
The show site is located seven miles south of Cannon Falls, west on Co. Rd. 1 off Hwy. 52.
From the South: Take Hwy 52 north to the 380th Street/Co. Rd. 9 exit. At the top of the ramp, turn west (left) onto County Road 9 and drive approximately 1 mile to County Road 1. Turn north (right) onto County Road 1 and drive approximately 1 mile. Follow signs to the show site, located on the east.
From the North: Take Hwy 52 south to the 380th Street/County Road 9 exit. At the top of the ramp, turn west (right) onto County Road 9 and drive approximately 1 mile to County Road 1. Turn north (right) onto County Road 1 and drive approximately 1 mile. Follow signs to the show site, located on the east.
From the West: Take exit 66 from I-35 and head east on Rice Co. 1. Follow posted signs for Rice Co. 1 through Dundas. Cross Hwy 3 to Dennison Blvd South/Hwy 246. Turn right on Hwy 246, which heads southeast and then east. Hwy. 246 turns into County Rd. 31 which turns into County Rd. 9. Follow County Rd. 9 to County Rd. 1. Turn north (left) onto County Road 1 and drive approximately 1 mile. Follow signs to the show site, located on the east.