Husker Harvest Days to Celebrate 40 Years

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- Husker Harvest Days will celebrate it's 40th anniversary this year in Nebraska. The event is often billed as the world's largest, totally irrigated working farm show. Jon Vanderford got a chance to find out what to expect at this year's show that will be held west of Grand Island on September 12th, 13th and 14th.

"For the 40th anniversary, we've actually lined up some equipment that would have been here in 1978 for the first show, not the same equipment, but the same model number," Husker Harvest Days Operational Manager Roger Luebbe said. "That equipment will lead off the combine demonstration with that era of combine." Roger said the antique tractor display will be even more extensive this year.

Husker Harvest Days is a chance for farmers to see the latest in technology, seed, chemicals and farm equipment. It is a working show where farmers can see equipment in operation and make their own decisions on what equipment works best for their own operations.

Roger said there are going to be some possible improvements coming for Husker Harvest Days in 2018. "We've been working with engineers to make plans to keep up with the competition so-to-speak, the other farm shows," Roger said. The plan is to put in storm sewers, pave the HHD roads, and take down overhead power lines and go to pad-mounted transformers. " Hopefully if all works out, maybe 30 days after this show, things will start to change around here," Roger said. "It's probably all going to happen at once, and it's going to take about 5 months, that's why we want to get started this fall and get some of the dirt work done."

Husker Harvest Days takes place annually in September just west of Grand Island and Alda on West Husker Highway.