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Farmers Explore the West during "Field Day on Wheels"

08/27/2013 @ 8:58am

Midwest farmers, driving or riding motorcycles and muscle cars, channeled famous Iowa explorers as they traveled through Lewis & Clark Country on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the 5th Annual Latham Freedom of Independence Ride.

One highlight of this adventure was a ride across Blue Lake on an historic keelboat similar to the one Lewis & Clark used to travel up the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis and his former commanding officer William Clark were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804 to explore the vast western territory purchased from France.  

Another fun stop along the way was Sioux Jerseys LLP, a state-of-the-art dairy where cows are milked 24/7 using two, double Mag 90i parallel parlors.  Because Sioux Jerseys contracts with Well’s Blue Bunny, following the tour, riders were treated to Blue Bunny® ice cream.  One bite into a sweet treat makes it clear why Wells – the largest, family-owned and operated ice cream manufacturer in the United State – is celebrating its 100th year of business in 2013. 

One of the crop stops included a Latham® Hi-Tech Soybean showcase, where Latham Product Manager Mark Grundmeier gave an overview of three exciting technologies in the pipeline.  Latham Forage Products Manager Corey Catt also talked about the importance of micronutrients to increase corn yield, forage production and alfalfa tonnage.

 Of course, no field day – even one on two wheels – would be complete without a corn technologies showcase.  Riders had a chance to learn more about Agrisure Artesian corn products, which provide season-long drought protection to increase yield in moisture-stressed fields. Agrisure Duracade is a brand new mode of action for corn rootworm control and will be combined with Agrisure RW to give two modes of action.  Agrisure E-Z Refuge offer performance, ease-of-handling and reduced.   

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