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Farmers had a field day on September 14

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers

A Field Day was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Simon Farms near Harmony, Minn. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with owner Josh Simon on hand sharing his experiences with visitors. The Field Day was sponsored by Crop Production Services (CPS) of Harmony, Minn. and Hammell Equipment. Hammell Equipment has four locations including Chatfield, Rushford, Eitzen, and Harmony, Minn.

Eric Hammell of Hammell Equipment stated that the Field Day is “a play day for farmers” because they can see and learn about the newest equipment. Farmers can also drive the new equipment with a specialist giving them the chance to learn techniques and features of the new equipment. All of the equipment and tillage pieces on hand were brand new, giving the farmers examples of what is available to them.

Activities for the Field Day included combine harvesting, and a showcase of tillage equipment, among others. There were also 5 Case IH Representatives on hand to answer any questions the visitors had. The Case IH equipment that was on hand is available at Hammell Equipment locations in Harmony and Chatfield, Minn.

Randy Mayer of CPS said that the Field Day “gives farmers a taste of the new equipment.” Mayer stated that CPS works with farmers to help raise their crops. He further explained “prescription farming” which is used at Simon Farms. CPS considers themselves the “Doctor” writing prescriptions for the corn. Every two and a half acres something different is done as far as fertilizer application. Through satellite technology, the farmer knows how much fertilizer (or other substances such as lime) the acreage requires.

Josh Simon, of Simon Farms, acknowledged that “the technology is expensive, but, there is a return.” Mr. Simon added that getting used to the new technology is challenging at first, like learning anything new, but now the most difficult thing for him is having to use equipment that does not have this technology.

The Field Day was a success with many farmers talking to each other over a tasty lunch and enjoying looking at the new equipment.

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