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Iowa Power Farming Show

By Staff | Feb 2, 2015

AGCO AND?SUNFLOWER will be present in the Hy-Vee Exhibit Hall, in booth 2118.

DES MOINES Midwest growers and ranchers needn’t travel far to see the latest innovations from world-class farm equipment manufacturers and agribusinesses.

Exciting new products and services, including farm equipment, high tech electronics and precision ag technologies, will be displayed over the course of three days at the 2015 Iowa Power Farming Show.

This year’s show – which takes place from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines – will feature more than 780 ag-related companies and nearly 1,840 total booths, making it the third largest indoor farm show in the U.S.

“The show is about quality exhibitors from every category showcasing the best and latest ag products and services they have to offer,” said Tom Junge, show director of the Iowa Power Farming Show.

One area drawing a lot of interest right now is robotic aircraft that are designed to capture overhead images of crops and provide growers a cost effective method to identify areas of concern.

Seven Unmanned Aerial Systems will be displayed at the show.

New electronics include web-based tools that farmers can use to develop the best precision business plan for each field and farming operation.

The software provides the tools needed to quickly collect and use machine-generated data and to characterize crop budget scenarios across different management zones.

FARMserver, AgSolver, Profit Zone Manager and Ag Leader’s AgFiniti Map offer such products.

Other new electronics include:

1). FarmSage, a mobile farm management app that saves time and money by tracking farm records with any mobile device, tablet, or desktop computer.

2). Loadrite Farm Tractor hydraulic weighing scale, which can be calibrated for nine different attachments.

3). Central City Scale offers a new grain cart scale app-based wireless system that connects mobile devices to grain cart weigh load bars.

4). NORAC’s Hybrid Mode in-crop spraying feature which eliminates the need for the operator to take manual control of the boom while spraying in difficult crop conditions.

New equipment will also be featured such as high speed tillage from Rite Way and Norwood; Grain Vacs from Rem Manufacturing and Walinga; grain carts from J & M and Unverferth; planters from Kinze and Horsh; grain conveyors from KSI and Brandt; and loader attachments from Dougherty, Land Pride, Lowe and Shaver.

The list of tractor manufacturers includes Case IH, Challenger, John Deere, Kubota, Mahindra, Massey Ferguson, McCormick, New Holland and Versatile.

McCormick will be showing its new X7 Series tractor.

For a complete list of new products, show information and directions, visit www.iowapowershow.com.

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Iowa Power Farming Show

By Staff | Feb 2, 2015

DES MOINES – Farmers attending this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines from Feb. 3 through Feb. 5 can learn how other Midwest farmers are making decisions that improve the health of their soil, along with yields, profits and environmental outcomes.

An educational program, “Building Farmer Wealth with Soil Health” will focus on what “soil health” means, practically, when farmers make decisions about soil sampling, fertilizer application and rates, reduced tillage, tiling, and cover crops, said program manager Dan Zinkand.

“While farmers can’t control crop prices, they can decide how to improve soil organic matter, water infiltration and drainage – which influence how soon they can get into plant in the spring – as well as how they sample their soil and when and how they fertilize crops,” Zinkand said. “They can also decide whether to try cover crops, a practice that’s vital to soil health in a corn-soybean rotation.

“These decisions not only improve yields and profitability, but also enhance environmental performance.”

One-hour sessions in the “Building Farmer Wealth with Soil Health” workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Hy-Vee Hall, Rooms 107-108.

Farmers and scientists with years of experience will explain why and how to build healthy soils – those with high organic matter, high microbial activity, stable structure, high water infiltration rates and other characteristics that produce higher yields long term.

Topics include bringing dead soils back to life; using the Haney soil test to measure life in the soil; practical tools to use in building soil health; sophisticated soil sampling that leads to better fertilizer decisions; and reasons for inter-seeding cover crops into standing corn and soybeans.

Event sponsors will have exhibits in Hy-Vee Hall and there will be ample opportunities to talk with the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors during the three-day event.

Attendance for “Building Farmer Wealth with Soil Health” is free with paid admission to the 2015 Iowa Power Farming Show.

To pre-register for the Iowa Power Farming Show and get a $3 discount on admission visit online at: www.iowapowershow.com.

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