Tractors, combines, seeders, sprayers and other farm implements played a big part in the opening day of the Mid American Farm Exposition on Tuesday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center, formerly the Salina Bicentennial Center. The expo will continue from9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
More than 300 exhibitors were peddling their wares.
The end result
“This is the end result of all that farm machinery,” said Shannon Campbell, who was selling bread in Heritage Center.
Campbell, owner of Styria Bakery, drove down Interstate Highway 70 from Denver for the farm show.
“We have a lot of wonderful customers in Salina. We come back every year and they stock up and put them in freezers,” she said.
Her husband is from Austria and there is a European influence in the hand-baked breads.
The Taste of the Alps products are made from unblended and unbromated flour with no preservatives.
“Everything is all natural. It’s real food,” Campbell said.
The light sourdough breads are made without any sugar or oil, giving them a lower glycemic index.
Tallest and smallest
The tallest implement at the expo was a Gleaner S97 Super Series combine made in Hesston, parked just south of Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
It stretches 15 feet high. With dual front wheels, it is 161/2 inches wide. The header is 40 feet wide.
“They will lay down under the 12-foot mark for transport,” said Josh Wagner, with Lang Diesel, of Salina.
It has a 375-horse power engine and weighs 32,000 pounds.
The combine comes ready for operating two video cameras. It comes with a 390-bushel grain bin and built-in sensors to alert when the bin reaches 70 percent and 90 percent of capacity.
The selling price is $370,000.
One of the smallest items at the expo was a Phillips screwdriver hex-insert head at Minnesota Pneumatic Products inside Ag Hall.
It measures an inch and the selling price is $1.
A little wine with that
“You selling wine?” is a question Justin Hertrick fielded throughout the day at TigerJaw.
There were, after all, bottles of Trader Joe’s wine on the table located in the arena concourse.
The Denton, Texas, business sells mostly pruning tools, but it also sells “the perfect wine opener,” hence the wine bottles. The business does not, however, sell wine.
The opener uses air pressure to pop the cork out of a bottle.
“All you use is two fingers and it pops right out. No more broken corks inside your wine bottle,” Hertrick said.
He sells a kit that comes with an aerator.
“When you remove all the sulfites, there is less of a hangover, less headaches,” he said.
It also comes with a cork to put back into the bottle after it is open, as well as a foil cutter. A chill stick comes as a free gift.
Need a 2x4?
Will Baugh was sawing his own lumber out of tree trunks with a portable sawmill in the event center parking lot.
“It’s portable and will go anywhere. You can take it to the job or you can take it to where the trees are,” said Baugh, from Wood-Mizer, Mo. “It turns these logs into lumber of any kind that you want.”
He said it operates with a bandsaw blade.
“People built houses with them (the lumber),” he said. “They run small businesses where they sell the lumber, make furniture.”
For houses, Baugh recommends oak.
“For framing material, cottonwood works good,” he said. “Just about any wood will work good for framing lumber as long as it is not a soft wood. I usually like to use oak.”
Baugh said he regularly attends the farm show.
“I love this town,” he said.
Horan is a reporter for the Salina Journal.