No amount of heat or humidity could keep the crowds away this year from Empire Farm Days. The three-day show ran Aug. 9 through 11 and featured education, equipment, animals and temperatures that soared well into the 90s.
Held at the Rodman Lott and Son Farm in Seneca Falls, NY, the show celebrated its 83rd year of operations and 28th year running in Seneca Falls.
Empire Farm Days introduced many new demonstrations, exhibits and seminars this year. This brought the event totals to include over 600 vendors occupying 75 acres of exhibit space, 300 acres total if you add in parking and demonstration space.
One new demonstration for this year was lead by Steve McCoon and featured a live coverage sprinkler irrigation system. This irrigation system, used in orchards and ﬁeld crops, taught attendees new ways how to handle the balance between the water available and the needs of their crops. With most of western New York, including Seneca Falls, dealing with drought conditions, this demo proved to be timely.
Despite the drought, Empire Farm Days was still able to hold it’s traditional Field Equipment Demonstrations. This year focused on tillage, hay mowing, forage chopping and hay raking, baling, processing and handling.
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYC-AM) and National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) joined forces to host grain bin safety presentations. NECAS Director Dan Neenan covered what equipment a farm should have on-hand for emergencies, and the after-effects people can experience once they are freed from the bin. As part of the NYCAM and NECAS partnership, a grain bin safety and rescue training seminar was held after-hours for local ﬁreﬁghts and EMS personnel.
The theme of the 83rd Empire Farm Days was “Experience Empire” and with all the new and informative events and exhibits, it was hard to not experience all the great things that this farm show had to offer.
For more information on Empire Farm Days, visit www.empirefarmdays.com .