It's been a busy fall for machinery roll outs, which led to a lot of buzz at Farm Progress Show. The wacky weather gave many farmers an opportunity to attend the show, but unfortunately, due to the crop’s delayed maturity, there weren't field demonstrations.
At the show I ran into almost a dozen Corn College alumni (including a group who were driving down 6th Street, and I hopped on the back of their golf cart.) Those farmers shared a great story idea about innovative ways to have longer-lasting implement tires (Stay tuned, Nate Birt is working on that one!). Another Corn College farmer said he was still trying to figure out cover crops. If you have a story idea, email me.
When walking with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie, we were stopped multiple times by farmers who recognized him from Corn College TV, which just started its fourth season!
Now available is 4 DVD collection of the best of the first three seasons of Corn College TV. You can order almost 8 hours of Corn CollegeTV, categorized by topic with an expanded table of contents for each segment, click here.
It was great to see many farmers, despite the underlying reason that they could be there because they weren’t already harvesting. But I noticed that many of them didn’t come from very far outside of Illinois.
Our corporate cousins at Commodity Update did research via text message to our National Reader Panel to see where the FPS attendees come from. Here’s what they found.
The green dots are respondants who attended the show/The red dots are folks who said they did not attend the show. Our team polled farmers from a 500 mile radius around Decatur, IL.
To me, it looks like the folks in Iowa are waiting for the FPS to return to its Boone, IA site next year and don't make the trip in the off year to Decatur.
A main attraction of farm shows (and what drives many farmers to trek to the show site) has been seeing the machinery. Our AgWeb editorial team was able to provide you the latest news as the machines were launched and even before you entered the farm show gates. Catch up on these AgWeb headlines where our team gave you a first look at the hot new iron:
New Holland Expands Its Hay, Horsepower and Harvest Muscle.
(and here's an article highlighting New Holland’s 560 Roll Belt)
Case IH Introduces a Spectrum of Machines from Planters to Combines
(And here's a video just highlighting the new Case IH planter)
Here’s the first look at the new Gleaner S8
Hesston’s new large square baler
Nate Birt snagged an exclusive on the new Apache Sprayer
John Deere’s Model Year 2014 Lineup
(Here's a link to that eye-grabbing video introduction projected on a 3D 8R...)
World’s 1st 30-row Corn Head
Grain Cart Monitoring Goes High-Tech
Valley Irrigation Introduces VFlex Corner