2012 Farm Progress Show opens Tuesday
By LARRY KERSHNER
BOONE — Tents are being erected, diesel-powered farm machines and towed implements are arriving daily, while scores of workers prepare the Central Iowa Expo grounds for the 2012 Farm Progress Show, which runs Tuesday through Aug. 30.
The show is being held between Boone and Ames at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 17.
More than 570 exhibitors will feature machines and services offered for grain growers and livestock producers.
A slate of field demonstrations will be held each day of the show. According to Mark Lovik, show manager, there are three 80-acre corn fields ready for harvest and tillage demonstrations, one field for each show day. There are also areas set aside for prospective producers to test drive equipment.
The show features a rural life tent, at lot No. 1346, where families can enjoy live music and home shows, and arts and crafts booth. On the same site will be antique row where exhibitors will have antique tractors and implements open for viewing by show visitors.
Three first aid tents will be set up: at Gate 1 on the north edge, Gate 4 in the extreme southeast corner of the compound, and Gate 6 on the south edge of the grounds.
On the east edge of the grounds, at Gate 3, trams will load visitors for transport to the demonstration sites. Aside from watching combines and tillage tools at work, some companies will have their grain dryers operating.
Tents started going up on July 15, said Dena Morgan, national shows communications coordinator, and by mid-September, most of this will be gone.
The Varied Industries Tent covers 43,000 square feet, Morgan said, and will be filled with 175 companies.
Matt Jungmann, national events manager for the FPS, said despite all the family friendly atmosphere that makes the show an agricultural theme park, at its core (the FPS) is a trade show, he said. All of the hallmark ag companies are here.
These companies will utilize the show to introduce new equipment, technology and services to farmers.
Versatile, an ag manufacturer based in Canada, will unveil its first combine RT490 moving into the combine competition for the first time.
Other new products include
Massey-Ferguson: Three new combine models include MF 9520, with a 6-cycliner, 8.4-liter engine; and MF9540 and MF9560, powered by 7-cylinder 9.8-liter engines, in line with the axial rotor for maximum driveline efficiency.
Fendt will show its 700 series tractors designed for row crop, transport and loader chores, promising 10 percent fuel efficiency improvements from former models.
Ag Leader has a crop sensor rate table that will allow farmers to apply chemicals at varying rates while on the go.
Ag Leader has a monitor that can adjust planter downforce based on soil conditions.
Harvest International will be showing a new belt conveyer and grain auger, the TC 1542, that features a hopper design for complete clean out and low profile.
New Holland balers, models 330 and 340, produce 3-by-4-foot bales with better pickup and faster main drive gearbox.
Iowa State University will have its usual tent with displays and presentations explaining some its ongoing research projects include biomass production and processing, finding new ways to get information on scouting, identifying and treating diseases and pests to farmers and agronomists.
Speakers will include
Tuesday: Mike Duffy, economist; Matt Helmers, biosystems engineer; Mark Licht, field agronomist; Alison Robertson, plant pathologist; Chad Hart, marketing economist; and Elwynn Taylor, climatologist.
Wednesday: Emily Heaton, biomass specialist; Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist; Paul Kassel, field agronomist; Daren Mueller, plant pathologist; William Edwards, economist; and Aaron Saeugling, field agronomist.
Aug. 30: Mark Hanna, ag engineer; Jim Jensen, farm management specialist; Joel DeJong, field agronomist; Erin Hodgson, entomologist, Mike Owen, weed scientist; and John Holmes, field agronomist.
In addition, other Extension field specialists will be available to answer questions from visitors in the Ask the Experts area of the building.
Also, ISU will conduct three tours from the grounds from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to tour the nearby BioCentury Research Farm, the ISU Dairy Farm, south of Ames, and Reiman Gardens, in Ames.
Show officials said they expect visitors from upward to 50 different countries and all of the U.S. states.
Fact wagon, beer tent
New to the Farm Progress Show will be the FPS fact wagon, which will offer rides to visitors around the grounds, while asking them questions for prizes. The questions will be on Farm Progress Show history and on Iowa history.
A new beer tent will be set up outside the ground near Gate 5, on the south edge of the compound, across the street from the Central Iowa Expo offices.
Those planning to attend can find an interactive map of the grounds and locate the booth cross-referenced by companies, products and services on the website www.FarmProgressShow.com.
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