Heat Forces Musuem To Find Harvesting Alternatives

Volunteer Alvin Kuxhausen with a 1960's versatile canvas swather and the modern rotary disc swather

Antique farm equipment still works after 50 years, but it tough on volunteers at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering. Volunteers began their first cutting of alfalfa this week using a 1960's versatile canvas swather. Despite going through a drought, the alfalfa crop grew very well this spring. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Volunteer Alvin Kuxhausen says it took them several hours just to complete a single round with their historic equipment. Cutting the whole field at that rate would have been too much in the heat.

Legacy of the Plains Museums Executive Vice President Larry Hubbard made some phone calls, and Frank Implement offered the use of a modern
swather. Frank implement offered their rotary disc swather. With modern equipment the eight acre alfalfa field was cut in about a hour and half.

The hay baled will be used to feed the museum's seven head of Longhorn cattle.

Hay will also be featured crop at this year's harvest festival at the Legacy of the Plains Museum September 21 and 22nd.

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