Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pat and I attended the Ohio Farm Science Review yesterday. It’s one of the better-run outdoor farm exhibitions. We departed very early Tuesday morning, and arrived there about 930 am. The day was overcast, there were very light sprinkles occasionally, but the temperature warmed to the upper 60s, so it was pretty comfortable to be outside. We walked almost every ‘street’ in the exhibit field.
We saw displays by major and minor players in the farm equipment and supply business. Of course, one of the highlights for me was the John Deere exhibit, and I got to see the new 9R series 4WD tractors.
We also saw a new flex-draper header at the CaseIH exhibit. The interesting part on it is that the knife drive is in the middle of the header!
There were hundreds of displays, too many to see them all.
After a nice lunch, we rode the shuttle out to the fields to watch the combines run. We only saw some corn harvested, I’m not sure the overcast day was a good day to see soybeans harvested. There were about 10 combines running. They’d make a ’round’ and then stop to let the farmers examine the quality of their work. Then, they’d go again.
We also saw nearby a demonstration of many kinds of machines installing drainage tile. The soils on this Ohio State University experimental farm will benefit from this practice.
Pat and I were pretty tired from all the walking, many miles we estimate… We stopped overnight near Dayton and returned home today.
On the way home, Pat and I stopped for a short visit in Knightstown, Indiana. There we experienced the old “Hickory” gym featured in the movie “Hoosiers”… (by the way, my favorite movie).
The place is still in excellent shape, and used as a community center. There are occasional games here too. I took the opportunity to shoot a few baskets. My shot is a little rusty, but it was neat to hit a few in the Hickory gym. One particular part that struck me was that the old painted wood bleachers and rafters even had the ‘smell’ I remember.