As corn and soybeans mature across the Midwest it's time to start thinking about fall and for me that includes fall farm shows. Yes, I get paid to go to farm shows, two of which we own and another in the South we have a great relationship with, and I don't get tired of attending.
Every year companies pull together their latest and greatest tools - and we'll see plenty this year from the majors - the New Holland Combine has already debuted and I know that company has more in store. I got a release from Agco this week talking about their Farm Progress Show exhibit which will include some new tools including augmented reality.
And I know John Deere and Case IH have some big stuff coming - watch this space in the news two weeks as we debut those tools too.
I know you enjoy my writing and wait for me to tell you what's new, but I also know that farm shows are your best kick-the-tires time. It's your opportunity to spend a day catching up on what's new, or finding a solution to a problem you have on the farm. Farm shows offer that opportunity.
Each of the shows I get to attend have their own unique character. Farm Progress Show, this year in Boone, Iowa, is the launch platform for a lot of the new tools you'll see next year. Husker Harvest Days is the only totally irrigated farm show in the country and there is plenty of irrigation tech on hand. Penton Farm Progress owns both of those shows and if you want to maximize your trip to either show, just click on the "interactive show map" at the top of each show's home page.
Check out the Farm Progress Show Interactive Map.
Learn more about the Husker Harvest Days Interactive Map.
Our friends at Sunbelt Ag Expo also offer the interactive show map - the 2013 version is still online but the 2014 should arrive soon - check it out if you're headed to Moultrie, Ga. That show is unique for its involvement with the Southeast Farmer of the Year Program as well as a look at the latest for cotton and peanut harvesting tools along with equipment for corn and soybeans.
These interactive maps allow you to find the exhibits you want to visit and make a personal map list for the show that will help you maximize your day. There's always the grimace "so much to see in a day" but we know you don't need to see everything. It's your chance to check out what you need for your farm and these interactive maps help.
I know there are some other big shows in this timeframe, from Ohio Farm Science Review in Columbus, Ohio, to Big Iron in Fargo, I don't have those on my schedule, but they also offer you the chance to find key new products for your operation as you look to maintain top productivity for your operation. Check them out too.
The fall farm show season is upon us. It should be an information-filled fall.
I’m planning to do some daily blogging during the Farm Progress Show - so check back here each morning. One tradition, posting the sunrise at the Farm Progress Show image for the first day - you'll see at the show site, and I'll share it here too. Thanks for reading!