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All cleaned up and ready to show

In an effort to make the bulky piece of farm machinery shine, Eric Donnay with Arnolds Companies Inc. sprayed and wiped the glass to perfection on his Claas Forage Harvester.

The harvester, which is used to chop corn silage, has already been sold, but Donnay is hoping area farmers walking through the Agri News Farm Show today and Thursday in Rochester will stop by and take a look.

"The harvester was demonstrated for a few farmers last fall, which resulted in a few sales, but also a little dust," Donnay said. "It needed a good cleaning before we put it on display."

Arnolds has five locations in Kimball, Willmar, Glencoe, St. Martin and North Mankato and has been showing implements during the Agri News Farm Show for several years.

"There's always a good, diverse crowd and a lot of activity," Donnay said.


He said farm equipment seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

The harvester was one of the larger pieces in Graham Arena on Tuesday during set up.

"The equipment is being designed for more capacity and a lot of it is geared toward larger dairy farms," Donnay said.

That trend was also echoed by Chuck Friedley of Kuhn North America, which is based in Brodhead, Wis.

It took three Kuhn North America dealers to pull in six different pieces of equipment into the arena on Tuesday.

Friedley had a vertical mixer, a side discharge manure spreader, a small tiller for hobby farmers, a single rotary rake, a twin rotary rake and a disc mower on display.

He said manure spreaders have been selling well, because more attention is being paid to the value of manure as fertilizer.

"These new spreaders do a better job of spreading finer and wider patterns," Friedley said.


He said he typically works with hay, beef and dairy farmers, but that they also work with organic farmers, vegetable and sod farmers.

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