Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reports on Marc Padrutt
The Farm Progress Show begins 3 weeks from today at Decatur’s Progress City, and Stu Ellis visits with one of the host farmers who has a major responsibility…
As a host farmer of the Farm Progress Show, Marc Padrutt is among an elite group of individuals whose farming operation becomes a centerpiece for the world to see.
I farm about 120 acres at the show site and most of that is the corn for the harvest demonstrations.
Being responsible for corn harvested at the show means it has to be ready at the end of August…
Early season corn that matures on its own. People think we usually spray it to kill it, but that is not the case, it matures on its own and is usually harvestable at show time. Typically we have been in that 200 bushel range for early season corn. I was able to plant it pretty timely at the beginning of April, we had some good rains on it, it struggled a little bit there in May and June, but maybe close to that 190 range if everything goes well.
The distinction of host farmer occurred as somewhat of a coincidence…
In 2005 I was approached by the Hieble family and was asked if I was interested in farming their land and I said, of course, and that just happened to coincide with the first year of the Farm Progress show here in Decatur, and I have been farming that ever since.
Marc says it gives him a front row seat to see farm equipment that will be on the market in future years…
Probably the biggest plus is seeing some of that equipment run on the farm that we operate and I have made some equipment decisions just based on that. Minuses? Not many minuses. It just speeds up my calendar at the end of summer trying to get everything ready before harvest.
That’s our harvest heritage report. I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA3 your local news leader.
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