Despite severe storms and flash flood warnings, the Beef Field Day, sponsored by the Grayson County Extension Service, Cattlemen’s Association, Wright Implement, and Farm Credit Mid-America, still took place at Harold Johnson’s farm on Thursday, July 7.
“Despite the rain, it’s been a good day,” said Whitney Carman, Grayson County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources.
The day was to start off at 1:00 p.m. with the Wright Implement Hay Day, which would feature hay equipment demonstrations. However, weather did not permit this, and Wright Implement, a John Deere equipment handler, is planning on rescheduling when there are three to four days of good weather later in the year.
“It’s the luck of the draw, it’s what happens,” said Tyler Butler, one of the representatives at the event for Wright Implement.
Vendors had set up at 4:00 p.m. and were there until 6:00 p.m., when the field day’s evening activities started. Vendors included Sul4r- Plus, The Cecilian Bank, Burkmann Nutrition, Farm Credit Mid-America, Southern States, Dan Powers, and Wright Implement.
The vendors were set up along the walls of Johnson’s Barn in Clarkson, where there was a sign-in sheet when entering and chairs for that night’s speakers.
“I enjoy working with the Extension Office and the agriculture equipment people, too,” said Johnson, who credits Carman and Roger White from the Cattleman’s Association for planning the event and Ronald Horn from John Deere with how the vendors were setup.
“We just provide the setup. It’s good to have something like this every now and then to clean up the place,” said Johnson with a laugh.
At 6:00 p.m. the program for the Field Day started with a dinner provided by the Cattlemen’s Association. The program continued with talks on Sun Safety with Natalie Taul from the Grayson County Extension Office and Bale Grazing Options and Economics of Hay Season from guest speaker Greg Halich, a UK Ag. Economics Specialist. An optional woman’s program was also held by Taul and Grayson County FCS Intern Libby Torrence called Plate it Up KY Proud Recipes.
“The extension office’s goal is to educate the farmers,” said Carman.
The program qualified as a CAIP grant educational requirement, which requires a certain number of training sessions to be eligible for funding.
A business meeting was held after the program among the local farmers before they left for the night.