Geneva Lake featured in Innovation Square

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A replica of Geneva Lake that extends the size of a football field will be the centerpiece of the Exacto Innovation Square during Farm Technology Days.

The display is located at the main entrance of Tent City between 6th Streets East and West and will feature new technologies invented by agricultural companies and university faculty and a historical look at the host county.

The past

While walking around the makeshift lake, visitors will be able to learn about the agricultural heritage of the Walworth County at six informational sites. From Native American agrarian practices to the innovative turn-of-the twentieth century animal husbandry practices of some of the area's lakefront residents.

'Most people relate Geneva Lake with all of its mansions, but we wanted to tie this history to the area's farms. Years ago these properties were known as estates because they always included a farm,' said local historian Diane Thompson. 'We will be featuring miniatures of the barns to show what these barns looked like at the time.'

Fellow historian Ginny Hall said the visual presentation is aimed at giving visitors an insight as to the importance of agriculture in the history of Walworth County.

'The first 4-H club in Wisconsin was organized in the town of Linn,' Hall said, adding that a historical marker noting the event is located just north of the Snudden farm.

In his travels, Albert Einstein stopped in Walworth County in 1921 to visit Yerkes Observatory, home of the world's largest refractory telescope.

'Most people don't know that Lake Geneva was just one of two stops on his visit to the U.S.' Hall said.

The present

Reinke ReinCloud — Conservation of water and the use of water from high capacity wells is a prime subject for agriculture and the general public today.

Roberts Irrigation will highlight use of computer panels on center pivots to control the water application of the system, use of the cloud to collect data about fields and irrigation amounts and timing of water application, use of soil moisture sensors to monitor crops and field moisture on a real-time basis and use of Variable Rate Irrigation technology to conserve water. Reinke ReinCloud is used to gather the data and make it easy for busy operators to use on all devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Big X Forage Harvesters — Krone North America has introduced a completely redesigned series of forage harvesters. Modeled in concept after Krone's existing line of over 700 hp harvesters taking and building on the strengths that have been developed and proven over the last 15 years and put those in a completely new chassis.

Starting with a whole new look, Krone's new harvesters feature better sightlines, easier maintenance and shorter turning radius. Rear sloping top deck allows better rear visibility from the cab.

New one-piece side panels fully open to easily access daily maintenance points, as well as provide easier access to items needing less frequent service.

SW4014 — The SW 4014 Square Bale Wrapper from Kuhn North America features a patented AutoLoad function for non-stop fully automatic loading, wrapping, and unloading a bale.

The new laser guided AutoLoad feature detects approaching bales, automatically scans the length of the bale and sets the loading arms into pre-load position ensuring accurate loading, wrapping and unloading of the bale on the go.

Driver fatigue reduction increases productivity by up to 15 percent, reducing the amount of time the bales sit unwrapped in the field and preserving bale silage quality.

Farmobile — Farmobile products by Farm Data Company help farmers store, share, and sell valuable agronomic and machine data generated onfarm.

A farmer leases a PUC device from the company, installs it on any make or model of recent farm machinery, and when the machinery is operated, the technology captures and stores all of the data, including planting, spraying, harvesting, fertilizing, and tillage information. All of the collected data belongs to the farmer and data is stored on secure web servers.

Drout-Out soil management system — Drout-Out y Exacto is a patent pending soil moisture management technology designed for use in conventional irrigation systems. Two components of the Drout-Out formulation include a soil surfactant to improve both depth and lateral movement of water into the soil, and long-chain polymer to improve soil moisture retention in all soil types.

Drout-Out is easily injected into irrigation systems and flushed out with water after treatment. Increased yield with reduced water usage has been demonstrated in field trials and University research.

UAV Technologies and Crop Matrix — DMZ Marketing LLC offers technologies that offer longer battery life, enhanced image resolution, and actionable intelligence.

Crop Matrix is a farm dashboard incorporating in-field sensor networks, weather stations, UAV imagery, and more to offer farmers business intelligence tools to drive their decisions.

Action Trackchair — Half Moon Outdoors presents an all-terrain wheelchair to allow disabled farmers the ability to succeed while traversing rough and uneven terrain. See the latest innovations in wheelchair mobility.

Life Essentials — began with one man's drive to run a farm regardless of physical ability, and continues today with state-of-the-art equipment made to stand up to the demands of the toughest agricultural work.

Life Essentials makes easy-to-use equipment, like tractor and truck lifts, to help you get around your farm in the most efficient way possible. We also custom design equipment to meet unique needs.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin — Since 1991, AgrAbility of Wisconsin has been promoting success in agriculture for farmers and their families living with a farm injury, disability, or limitation.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Extension and Easter Seals Wisconsin and has created a significant impact on Wisconsin agriculture by providing assistance to 2,500 farmers and farm families who have been able to continue farming or return to the farm worksite through AAW intervention.