On the other side of the pond, haul trucks, bulldozers and excavators were working to complete the last of the conservation practices to be implemented on the farm.
Dirt was flying and gas lines were exploding this year during the 2017 Iowa LICA Midwest Expo and Field Day on July 26 and 27 at the Iowa LICA farm just outside of Melbourne, Iowa.
Attendees witnessed what a natural pipeline explosion might look like when the Iowa Pipeline Association presented their mock line strike scenario. Brad Derry, an Iowa LICA member, volunteered to strike the line to simulate the explosion. Approximately 250 people watched as emergency crews arrived quickly on the scene showing how firefighters, EMT and police would respond to such an event. Luckily, no one was injured and everyone learned the proper way to prepare for an excavation.
The line strike was only one of many things to see at the field day. More than 50 associate members participated, giving attendees an opportunity to learn more about their products and services. Twenty-five associates displayed in the machine shed exhibit building while Mahindra tractors pulled the shuttle allowing attendees to easily cover the 80-acre farm, which featured the remainder of equipment.
On the other side of the pond, haul trucks, bulldozers and excavators were working to complete the last of the conservation practices to be implemented on the farm. The pond project began two years ago during the 2015 field day and will be completed shortly after the event by Iowa LICA members.
Attendees over 18 could test drive the equipment brought in and work on the live pond project under the watchful eye of Mark Erpelding, project coordinator using GPS to guide contractors. Those dirt moving enthusiasts that were under age could still participate. The Hawkeye Community College simulation trailer allowed people of all ages to determine the profit, loss or damage done on a job after practicing on their production skills.
Training included a saturated buffer installation as Tim Recker explained how this conservation practice will help reduce the nitrate levels in the tile water. Specialist Glenn Goode and Officer Robert Wittkowski from the Iowa Department of Transportation were available to take questions and demonstrated the correct way to secure a load. Sandra Jordan of HD Supply gave fall impact demonstrations throughout the day showing attendees the dangers associated with incorrect or inadequate fall protection. HTS Ag watched the event using drones and allowed attendees hands on practice flying the small machines.
Contractors from several states came to participate and shop for the latest and greatest in machinery, supplies and accessories.
This event is held every other year by Iowa LICA. The next event is scheduled for summer 2019.