There’s nothing small about the annual National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville, Kentucky. With the equivalent of 26 acres of floor space, there’s plenty of room for agriculture’s largest tractors, combines and even what’s believed to be the world’s largest model farm.
“It all started with playing with toys as a kid and grew into a love that has never stopped,” says Chase Long who hails from a Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, beef farm. With help from cash cropper Colby Counces, the two have built a scale model of a 14,000 acre farm that includes a 500 beef cow operation, about 3,000 acres of row crops, grain storage, rivers and even a sprayer stuck in a muddy field.
The farm was displayed for the first time this year at the NFMS and drew droves of fascinated farmers who marvelled at the detail and work required to build and assemble the model. It takes about two days to assemble, but Long and Chase have no complaints. Like most young farmers they’re eager to expand. How big could the farm get? “I guess it all depends on how much floor space they give us,” says Long.