Farmers don’t have to travel far to see the latest in farm equipment, high-tech electronics and precision-ag technology each winter. The Iowa Power Farming Show brings the biggest names and newest innovations to Des Moines. This year’s three-day event is Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Iowa Events Center.
With 1,870 total booths and exhibits, the Iowa Power Farming Show, presented by Farm Credit Services of America and AgDirect, is the third-largest indoor farm show in the U.S. The displays cover 7 acres, three buildings and six floors.
See the future of farming
“The Iowa Power Farming Show is about quality exhibitors from every category showcasing the best and latest products and services they have to offer,” says Tom Junge, director of the Iowa Power Farming Show. “People coming to the show know they’re going to see the future of farming and agriculture.”
Each year brings a new segment of exhibitors to the show. “Last year, several new exhibitors featured drones or unmanned aerial vehicles for farmers, crop consultants and others who use UAVs to fly over their fields and gather information. This year, it is agronomic services and data management that are tied in with UAVs as the hottest topics and products,” says Junge. “More companies are packaging aerial imaging, soil sampling and agronomic consulting into one package for farmers.”
New Agronomic Services category
As a result, an Agronomic Services category was added to the product directory in the show program and website to help farmers locate these companies.
Farmers who come to the Power Farming Show to see their favorite brands won’t be disappointed. The lineup of exhibitors once again features a “Who’s Who” in farm equipment. The list includes tractor manufacturers Case IH, Challenger, John Deere, Kubota, Mahindra, Massey Ferguson, McCormick, New Holland and Versatile.
Farmers will also see lots of new products, as featured in the New Product section of the show program.
Free educational seminars daily
The power of knowledge will be in full force at the Iowa Power Farming Show with 16 informative educational seminars covering topics such as water quality, cover crops, succession planning, weather outlook and more.
Seminars begin at 10:45 a.m. each day in two seminar rooms, so attendees will have additional educational opportunities. Four firms will discuss the transition of the family farm and the changing tax implications. The latest information on UAVs will also be presented in the daily seminars.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Parking and shuttle are free if you park at the Iowa Cubs baseball stadium at Principal Park, just south of downtown, and ride the shuttle to the Iowa Events Center.
For more information or to register, visit iowapowershow.com and save $5 off the $8 admission. When registering, farmers will also be participating in a brief survey about their planting intentions and preferred methods of communication.