Big Crowds, Warm Weather and New Innovations - The world's largest annual agricultural exposition drew 100,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors to Tulare, Calif., Feb. 11-13, 2014
Waiting for the Sun
Morning fog shrouds the grounds of World Ag Expo Feb. 12. More than 50 countries were represented at this year’s farm show, which boasts 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space on 260 acres.
South Dakota's No. 1 Salesman
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (center) spent several hours Feb. 13 at the “Grow South Dakota” booth in World Ag Expo’s Dairy Center. Daugaard is eager to recruit dairies to set up operation in South Dakota. He promoted the state’s ag-friendly business climate, tax structure, land availability, local high-quality feed and forage, immediate and growing need for milk, low feed costs and abundant water.
Ready to Buy?
Farm equipment companies like CASE Construction Equipment display their best and brightest at World Ag Expo. New products from Case this year include the SR210 skid steer and TR270 compact track loader. Both machines feature maintenance-free Tier 4 final solutions, as well as new controls and enhanced productivity capabilities.
Dealing with the Drought
California farmers joined top city and water agency officials at World Ag Expo Feb. 13 to discuss the Golden State’s historical drought. The state’s water policy must be fixed to prevent water shortages, not only in 2014 but for the future, panel members said.
Touchdown for Dairy
San Francisco 49ers Inside Linebacker Patrick Willis appeared Feb. 11 at World Ag Expo. He was there to help the California Milk Advisory Board celebrate increased emphasis on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which reaches students in 3,000 California schools. Willis met with fans, signed autographs and thanked dairy farmers for their commitment to youth wellness. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages children to eat healthy foods, including dairy, and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The Farm Credit Dairy Center houses most of World Ag Expo’s dairy exhibits. Tulare County, where the farm show is held, is the nation’s top-producing dairy county.
DeLaval’s Feed Pusher FPM300 was a Top 10 New Product winner at this year’s World Ag Expo. The robot offers a simple, labor-saving alternative for pushing forage closer to cows at the feed bunk. It will be commercially available by the third quarter of 2014.
Get a Bird's Eye View
Jared Siegler (left) explains how his GeoBlu Explorer, or “Quad Copter,” works. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle offers producers a birds’ eye view of fields, pastures, orchards and vineyards. The Explorer comes equipped with a camera to produce still or video images. It sells for $2,700 and was named a Top 10 New Product at the 2014 World Ag Expo.
Bullish on Milk Prices
Rabobank’s Tim Hunt forecast a strong margin year for U.S. dairies during his presentation Feb. 12 at World Ag Expo. Global dairy demand will absorb rising milk production, Hunt said, and he doesn’t expect milk prices to fall significantly in 2014.
Chocolate, Strawberry or Rootbeer?
Top O’ The Morn sells glasses of milk in several flavors on Expo grounds. The family-owned dairy, based in Tulare, Calif., produces, bottles and delivers its own milk. It won first place in the Open Class Pasteurized Milk category in the Championship Dairy Product Contest at the 2013 World Dairy Expo.
Irrigation Management at Your Fingertips
Reece Andrews, new technology product manager for Lindsay Corp., demonstrates the company’s new FieldNet product. The wireless FieldNet combines software with irrigation control and comes with an app for smartphones and tablets. FieldNet was named one of World Ag Expo’s Top 10 New Products for 2014.