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March 14, 2010 07:00 PM

Building on its tradition, the 45th annual National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) took place Feb. 10 to 13. The show spanned 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

In all, the NFMS encompasses eight halls totaling 27 acres, making it the largest indoor farm show in the U.S. Attendance totaled 299,137, and the crowds were sure to see lots of farm equipment, which meant sore feet if you tried to cover the entire show in a single day.

From tractors and combines to implement and part suppliers to grain storage and precision ag technologies, more than 850 exhibitors were on hand to display their newest products and services.

"In the beginning, this event started off quite small. But with word of mouth and industry support, this show has grown as we've continued to expand the Expo Center,” says Harold Workman, CEO and president of the Kentucky Fair Board, which hosts the event. "Today we have a waiting list of folks that want to be in this show and current exhibitors that want more space.”

One segment of the industry that has grown at the show is precision ag technology. This year, exhibitors displayed new guidance systems, as well as automatic planter shutoff systems. Case IH had a live demonstration of its continuously variable transmission on a Puma tractor. AGCO's e3 engine technology, which uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR), was a highlight of discussion at its booth. John Deere had a running display of PitStop Pro, an automated tendering system for its high-speed application toolbars to disconnect and hook up to an anhydrous tank.

For a roundup of some of the new equipment on display, turn to Machinery Journal on pages 56 and 58. We'll also have more machinery coverage in future issues.

In Freedom Hall, an invitation-only pool of the top-pulling trucks and tractors convened to see who would claim the trophy at the Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. (See the above sidebar for multimedia coverage of the tractor pull. You can also log on to www.MyMachinery.com for complete pull results.)

Educational seminars. Next to the south wing of exhibits, Farm Journal Media hosted a series of free educational seminars. At the Agronomic Clinics presented by Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer, farmers learned the five key steps to raising corn yields in 2010. Crowds filled the room to capacity for the Marketing Outlook seminars with Bob Utterback, Farm Journal Economist. Top Producer magazine hosted a panel discussion on "Strategies for Tighter Margins” with leaders from the industry who offered up-to-date advice on business opportunities. There was standing-room only for the live TV taping of the "U.S. Farm Report” Marketing Roundtable, hosted by Al Pell.

Our team of editors canvassed the show and posted our multimedia coverage online. It's the next best thing to having been there, with photo slide shows from each of the four days, a collection of eye-grabbing and fun finds at the show and videos from the Championship Tractor Pull. Visit the news section of www.MyMachinery.com for more.

Mark your calendar for the 46th annual NFMS hosted at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., which will take place Feb. 16 to 19, 2011.

Fast Facts

Here is a snapshot of the National Farm Machinery show:
  • 2010 was the 45th annual show
  • Eight interconnected halls spanned 27 acres across the Kentucky Exposition Center
  • Attendance totaled 299,137
  • More than 850 exhibitors
  • The adjacent Freedom Hall is home to the Championship Tractor Pull
  • Farm Journal Media hosted six educational seminars, including a live TV taping

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