Field demos expanded, irrigated crops at 2017 Empire Farm Days

Visitors to the 2017 Empire Farm Days Aug. 8 through 10 at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls will experience more equipment and expanded demos at the show that is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the northeastern U.S.

With leadership from Morrisville State College this year, the field demos have a renewed focus on big iron operating in real-time field conditions, says Empire Farm Days Manager Melanie Wickham.

The field demo and crop tour schedule for the 2017 Empire Farm Days is as follows:

All day: Tours to irrigation field unit from Lot 522
10 am to 2 pm: Test drive applicators, trucks, tractors, construction equipment, UTVs
10:30 am: Hay mowing demonstration
10:30 am: Cover crops field demonstration tour
11:30 am: Hay merging and chopping demonstration
12:30 pm: Tillage and GPS field demonstration
1:30 pm: Hay baling demonstration
2:30 pm: Hay handling.

A new Demo Tram at the show is dedicated to carrying visitors to the field demos area with demonstrations of tillage, GPS-guided equipment, and hay mowing, merging, chopping, baling and handling supported by 15 manufacturers and local representatives. The big equipment will be working in fields with irrigation-fed crops. Show visitors will be able to see two models of hard hose reel irrigation systems.

Six makers of large applicators will be offering test driving with their larger units from 10 am to 2 pm daily at the show. Empire Farm Days Ride and Drive opportunities also include Ford Trucks, Honda, Milton Cat construction equipment, RAM Trucks, and Yanmar tractors and UTVs.

The daily Cover Crops Field Demonstration Tour with King’s AgriSeeds and Seedway at 10:30 am will show cool and warm season cover crop species and mixes with a discussion on best seeding methods, timing, and purposes.

Empire Farm Days show hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday9 am to 4 pm on Thursday; admission is $10 per vehicle. For more information on exhibits, seminars, live animal demonstration, farm safety and other presentations at the show, see www.empirefarmdays.com or call 1-877-697-7837.

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