About 100 Farwest attendees trekked to GK Machine Inc. in Donald, Oregon today (August 25), to get an up-close look at some massive labor-saving machinery.
The second annual Equipment Innovation Day, held the Tuesday before the 2015 Farwest Show kicks off on Thursday, gave growers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge equipment in action and talk with some of the top equipment manufacturers who are enhancing production efficiency for the nursery and greenhouse industry.
“Seeing in-person what these machines can do is what everyone is here for,” Ryan Basile, 2015 Farwest chairman, said. “This was a great start to this year’s Farwest.”
In action were an in-line potting machine, bare root tree digger, a trio of spaders, OSU’s innovative Smart Sprayer, and two mini — but mighty — skidders. Demonstrations took place in the adjacent field of A & R Spada Farms LLC.