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64th annual Farm Progress Show slated for end of August

By Staff | Aug 18, 2017

DECATUR, ILL – The 2017 Farm Progress Show will be held August 29-31 at the show’s bi-annual site near Decatur, Illinois.

Touted as the “nation’s largest outdoor farm event,” the 64th annual show is all about agriculture featuring many demonstrations and events to attend. Highlights of this year’s show includes:

Ride ‘n Drive

Looking for a new ATV, tires, tractor or truck? Be sure to stop by the Ride ‘n Drive area at the Farm Progress Show. AGCO, John Deere Gator, Ram Trucks, Textron and Titan Tire are all participating in the Ride ‘n Drives. AGCO, Ram and Titan Tire will be located north of exhibit field by Tram Loading. John Deere Gator and Textron will conduct their ride ‘n drives in the south expansion area of the exhibit field. Textron will be on lot #2073 and John Deere Gators will be on lot #2262.

Major rollouts

Agco, Case IH and John Deere will all unveil new equipment at the show. From Agco, look for an expanded challenger tractor line with the new MT700 track tractor and its new RoGator C series sprayers. Case IH will introduce the new CVX Drive Series for Steiger fans, a new Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination sprayer and a new 2140 Early Riser split-row planter. John Deere will unveil its S700 Series combines, complete with new corn and grain heads.

Drone demonstrations

Drone demonstrations have a new location and feel this year at the Farm Progress Show. This year the drone demos will run at 11a.m. immediately before the combine demonstrations begin. The drones will fly over the standing corn. During the daily demonstrators, each company will have the opportunity to explain the features of its UAV and then show what it can do. All FAA rules apply, including not flying higher than 400 feet.

Start your Farm Progress Show off with a bang

Wyffels Hybrids is proud to be a sponsor of the Opening Ceremonies this year at the Farm Progress Show. We’re celebrating the value of independence, and we’re excited to get the celebration started at the Opening Ceremonies. So be sure to join us at 7:45 am at the main gate on Wednesday, August 30 and then continue the celebration with us at booth #438 at the corner of 4th and Central.

Field demonstrations

Field demonstrations will once again be an integral part of the Farm Progress Show. Corn harvest is slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Each company representative will comment about their combine, grain cart or other piece of machinery before they demonstrate it in the field. Tillage tools and other special machines will operate each day from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tillage tools demonstrated will range from deep rippers to conventional chisel plows. Precision agriculture demonstrations will share space with the standard field demonstrations. Demonstrations will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Tiling demos will take place on 40 acres north of the exhibit field. The Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association designed a master plan after the 2011 show. The group put in a huge main to serve the northern half of the section and has installed 40 acres of tiles every other year during the show. Tiling demos are scheduled for Noon daily.

Ray Ainsworth

Ray Ainsworth, lifelong horseman and equine enthusiast, returns to the Farm Progress Show. Ainsworth delighted crowds at the 2009 Farm Progress Show with his horse training demonstrations and is back again to teach show visitors effective techniques for working with their horses. Demonstrations will occur daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on lot #1009 in the northeast corner of the show grounds. Behlen Country and Blain’s Farm & Fleet are proud sponsors of Ray Ainsworth Horse Training Demonstrations at the Farm Progress Show.

More information and advanced ticket sales can be found by visiting the show’s website at www.FarmProgressShow.com. Visitors can go to the Farm Progress Show website and click on the tickets button. The discounted ticket price is $15. Tickets will be emailed to purchasers and the purchaser will need to print the ticket, bring it with them to the Farm Progress Show and present it at the show entrance. Each ticket contains a unique bar code that will be scanned at the gates.

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