The History of Husker Harvest Days

Nebraska Farmer, working with the Agricultural Institute of Nebraska in Grand Island, began Husker Harvest Days in 1978, on 1,000 acres of former U.S. Army Ordnance land west of this central Nebraska city.

Husker Harvest Days has become one of the nation’s premier working farm shows, with exhibitors and field demonstrations geared to Nebraska and Western Corn Belt agriculture. It is the nation’s largest farm show in which all field crops and plots are irrigated. The half-dozen center-pivot systems and one lateral-move sprinkler that water those crops also are demonstrated during the show.

Visitors from Nebraska and more than 20 other states have attended the three-day event. They are welcomed by 500 exhibitors, offering a wide range of ag products and services. This year, Husker Harvest Days enjoys a sold-out exhibit field and over 600 exhibitors!

Each year, visitors have the opportunity to see everything, from the latest in technology to seed to crop chemicals to field demonstrations to livestock handling and equine events. You’ll also find rural life programs, health screening services and arts and crafts.

Husker Harvest Days was one of the first farm shows to conduct cattle handling demonstrations. And the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent holds one of the largest health screening services available anywhere at an agricultural event.

The 2013 Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 10-12, will be the 36th edition of the show at the same permanent site along Husker Highway six miles west of Grand Island.

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