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Hay and forage expo starts Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:17 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:20 a.m. CDT

Hay and forage producers can learn more about hay and forage production at this year’s annual Hay & Forage Expo.

The 28th annual Hay & Forage Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, at the Central Iowa Expo facility near Boone, Iowa. The site is located west of I-35 on Highway 30 and the show’s website features a map and detailed driving directions.

Live field demonstrations of hay making, hay handling and forage harvesting are the key draw for visitors. The two-day event showcases mowing, conditioning, baling and hay handling demonstrations on alfalfa. Visitors can compare the various equipment brands side by side under actual field conditions.

Alfalfa fields designated for parking during the Farm Progress Show will be used for the haying and forage harvesting demonstrations. That means around 150 acres of alfalfa is available for the demos.

In addition to the field demonstrations, exhibitors on the exhibit field will inform more about the equipment that is operated in the field as well as other manufactures who are not demonstrating.

Each show day will feature an informative seminar. “Weather Outlook for 2014 and Beyond” will be presented Wednesday by Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State Univ. Ext. Climatologist. “Corn Stover — Managing and Selling Biomass to a Cellulosic Biorefinery” will be presented Thursday by Matt Darr, assoc. professor, Iowa State Univ., Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems.

Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle.

The public is welcome. For more information, visit www.HayExpo.com or call (866) 264-7469.