It was a different deal this year. Showing up at noon, you could park in the front 2 rows, not easy to find a spot but findable, I`ve never done that before many times having to park almost to the fork in the roads. It was 90º and i`m sure many toured the show in the morning and left at noon, but it`s been 90 there before.
The exhibitors seemed to know not to bug anyone, "$3 corn" was something overheard being said to many exhiibtors, just my gut says, these prices are starting to wear.
But I had fun, I always have it`s a great show and we`re all going through a rough patch here that won`t last forever. The crops in the area were challenged this year more that I`ve seen in the past, it looks like the crops had wind, hail, too much rain...everything but locusts. The Morgan area isn`t the usual garden spot this year, not at all the farmer`s fault, they did very well having been dealt a poor weather hand.
I remember Farmfest pasts, there would be alot of livestock equpiment and boars and gilts under a fan by seedstock suppliers...none of that anymore. The big equpiment companies must fore gothese shows and leave it up to a local dealer to bring in their inventory, Kibble was there for John Deere and I believe it was Arnolds for Case IH. Didn`t see anyone walking with a yardstick....advertising budgets must be tight
But I always enjoy these shows and look forward to the Farm Progress Show.
I didn`t see their display but University of Minnesota was there. But this Milkweed deal, there`s alot of it on the CRP and roadside ground and it`s hard to have the bennefical Milkweed while controlling Thistles at the same time. Thistles are really bad this year, the roadside spraying didn`t control them. The CRP they don`t want you mowing until after August, well they`ve went to seed by then and it seems like you mow them too early and they come right back to seed.
But last year, I never saw so many Monarch Butterflies, I think they migrate and perhaps they`ve just went to different areas and now maybe come back.