Published Jun 13, 2013

Specialized Farm Equipment Showcase dodges the rain

By Marc Strobbe


Several dozen people braved the always cloudy skies to visit the 5th annual Specialized Small-Farm Equipment Showcase held at Kymar Acres in Waukon. Kyle and Mari Holthaus opened their farm to guests looking to kick the tires on specialty production equipment from event co-host Windridge Implements. A diverse mix of flower, herb, and vegetable plants from Kymar’s greenhouse were available for sale. Wines from Empty Nest Winery and cheese from WW Homestead Dairy were on display and Bear Creek 4H had tables full of baked goods.

Due to the wet conditions this spring field demonstrations of the equipment were a struggle. For this equipment so unique in Iowa just the ability to see and touch it was quite sufficient. The assortment included BCS walking tractors and Jang seeders. The mix of transplanters, bed-shapers, tillers, and planters were attached to tractors ranging from 40 to 110 horsepower. This hands-on realism was applicable to those considering a purchase and others just wanting to understand the specialized equipment. 


Another helpful feature was a full description and explanation, including price, laminated and prominently attached to each machine. Questions could be directed to the several Kymar Acres and Windridge Implements staff on-hand all day. They are all knowledgeable about the equipment and most have practical, working experience with them.

Vegetable and other specialty crops continue to expand and diversify in Iowa as the marketplace demands it. The state’s farmers, beginners and experienced, need access to this type of equipment in order to efficiently produce these crops. This equipment on display in a relaxed, on-farm atmosphere is a great opportunity for farmers to access their options. Plan to attend next year when the dedicated people at Kymar Acres and Windridge Implements put on another great event. Date not set yet but typically an early SATURDAY in June.