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2014 FPS starts today near Boone

By Staff | Aug 26, 2014

Exhibitor displays from the nation's leading large and shortline equipment manufacturers, seed and crop protection companies, educational institutions, livestock equipment manufacturers and many additional agriculture input suppliers are showcased at the show each year. Farmers and ranchers from around the nation and world attend the event.

BOONE – The 2014 Farm Progress Show is set to open its 61st year on Tuesday with a three-day run at the Central Iowa Expo, at the intersections of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 17, between Boone and Ames.

The show’s website – www.FarmProgressShow.com – will allow visitors to map out their visit ahead of time.

Features include an interactive map, showing each exhibiter and where they can be found on the grounds.

The 2014 event is the fourth time for the Boone-area show, now held in alternate years with Decatur, Ill.

This is the 20th time FPS has been scheduled in Iowa. Boone is the 11th Iowa location to host the event.

Others include Blairsburg, 52 years ago, in 1962. Clarence, in 1959 was the first Iowa community to host the event. Blairsburg was the second Iowa location for the show.

People movers will be available to help visitors move through the myriad streets, tents, buildings and demonstrations.

Matt Jungmann, national events manager for the FPS, said despite all the family-friendly atomosphere that makes the show a 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.

Several of companies and agricultural organizations will be talking to visitor about expansions and new products.

These include:

A). Wyffels Hybrids recently broke ground for an expansion of its company’s Atkinson, Ill., production facility. The new 27,000-square-foot building will hold 170,000 bags of seed corn, and is expected to be completed by fall.

The building will be refrigerated to 50 degrees at 50 percent humidity optimum storage conditions for corn.

“Our goal is to deliver the highest quality seed to our customers’ farms,” said Jacob Wyffels, field operations supervisor. “This climate controlled warehouse will help improve seed viability.

“Temperature and humidity will be controlled with top-of-the-line technology including an energy efficient cooling system.”

The new building will more than double Wyffels Hybrids’ current cold storage capacity, and is in response to the company’s growth.

“We have experienced tremendous growth in recent years and want to invest back into the company in a way that best serves our customers,” said John Wyffels, vice president of finance and administration. “We’re excited about this new facility that will help handle our current and anticipated future growth, and provide the best possible product for corn growers.”

B). Net Irrigate, an Indiana manufacturer of Wireless Agricultural Irrigation Monitoring technology, will announce WireRat 4.0, an update to its WireRat technology that offers pivot owners new benefits like the ability to self-test the system and increased battery performance.

Since its release in 2011, WireRat technology has become the agriculture industry’s best selling alarm solution for copper theft on center pivot irrigation systems and additional agriculture equipment. The company will be found in booth 9122.

C). The Iowa Soybean Association, booth 754, will have results of on-farm trial results from across the state and the latest environmental programs and practices.

Research specialists from the On-Farm Network and Environmental Programs ad Services teams, will discuss specific replicated strip trials and projects from areas across the state and work with farmers to determine what opportunities might exist on their farm.

The booth will a working model of a bioreactor showing how the carbon-based system processes nitrate in tile water. An unmanned aerial system and cover crop options will also be featured.

In addition to discovering ongoing research and environmental practices, members that visit the ISA tent can enter to win a 200-hour lease on a John Deere 8R Series tractor and $1,000 of biodiesel. Attendees can also enjoy fresh-popped popcorn made with high-oleic soybean oil and a cold bottle of water.

D). Mitas, one of Europe’s leading farm tire manufacturers, opened a production facility in Charles City in 2012.

At the show, booth 16S, visitors can look over the developments the company has made since opening the factory, including the world’s largest agricultural tires, the 1250/50R32 SFT (super flexion tire).

The tire will be displayed at the Farm Progress Show for the first time in the United States.

Mitas also developed new IF (improved flexion) and VF (very high flexion) tires for U.S farmers.

PneuTrac, the latest innovation from Mitas, recently shook the tire industry with a concept combining the best of both worlds in traditional pneumatic tires and rubber tracks.

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