Farmers network, look ahead to 2020
PRINCETON — Hefty Seed Company’s second annual Field Day on Tuesday drew hundreds of farmers and ag leaders from all around the Midwest and beyond.
Despite cloudy weather, turnout for the event was better than expected. It was held at the Hefty Princeton headquarters, located just north of town off Route 26 at 20270 1800 North Avenue.
“We couldn’t have asked for more,” Matt Denton, Hefty sales agronomist, said.
“We had great support from the community and from our Hefty family.”
One of the main attractions of this year’s event was a panel discussion from America’s high-yield farmers featured on RFD-TV’s reality ag series, “Corn Warriors.” The farmers were filming live for their upcoming season.
The panel included Brooks Cardinal, Randy Dowdy, David Hula, Kevin Kalb, Dan Luepkes and Matt Swanson.
The crew came prepared to share a few of their success stories and pass on knowledge and experience they’ve learned along the way. From products to techniques, area farmers had the opportunity to pick their brains during a question-and-answer session.
Attendees also sat through panel sessions on various topics that ranged from corn and soybeans to grain marketing, seed and agribusiness.
Rob Sharkey of Shark Farmer Radio also did a live broadcast at the event.
Denton said the best part of the event is seeing everyone come together and network with one another. “This event is not just so they can hear us speak and hear what our opinions are, but it’s about building on that network among the farming community and learning from each other. That’s what I really enjoy seeing,” Denton said.
While farmers are coming off one of the most difficult planting seasons of their lifetimes, many may guess that might have been a big topic of discussion. However, Denton assured many are putting Plant 2019 behind them and moving forward.
“That’s where the excitement is building. We’re excited for 2020. We’re talking about what we can do better. ... You can still learn from this year and carry that over to next year,” Denton said.