Everything ag at the Iowa Power Farming Show
By KRISS NELSON
DES MOINES Pickup trucks from all over the Iowa and surrounding states took over downtown Des Moines last week when producers and agri-businesses came to town for the annual Iowa Power Farming Show.
With 1,932 booths being represented by 750 companies, practically all aspects of agriculture was on display for what has been deemed as the third largest indoor ag show in the United States.
Brent Johnson, owner and operator of Labre Ag Consulting, Inc. of Manson took the opportunity of the three dayevent to meet with new and existing customers.
“Our business is scattered all around the state of Iowa, so when we come down here, we actually meet a lot of our current customers and it’s a nice touch point. There’s a lot of people to talk to,” he said.
Although Labre Ag Consulting, Inc. has several offerings including drone services, crop consulting, data management as well as being an Ag Leader dealer, Johnson said his focus for the Iowa Power Farming Show is the company’s soil sampling services.
“We are here this week to talk about our soil sampling,” he said. “We have a lot of producers in southern Iowa, so it’s hard for us to see them on a regular basis and a lot of times they will stop through.”
Lundell Plastics of Odeboldt is a frequent exhibitor at the Iowa Power Farming Show.
Vance Lundell, owner of Lundell Plastics said they have been showcasing their products at the Iowa Power Farming Show for over 20 years.
“This is probably one of our better shows,” he said. “It’s one of the best.”
Brian Lundell, with sales for Lundell Plastics, said some of their popular products on display at the show included their FreeFlo Telescoping Tubes, Dry Inoculators and their Crop Divider for bean platforms.
“Some producers are getting ready for springtime, they are kind of itching to get their equipment ready,” he said, adding their FreeFlo Telescoping Tubes are used on seed tenders.
The Dry Inoculators, Brian Lundell said can be used with any type of inoculants or graphite on your planter.
“It’s a hopper that has an auger that self distributes the inoculants or graphite on the seed so you’re not needing to hand apply it,” he said. “Instead of taking a cup and dumping your product onto the seed, you can dial it in to have a more precise application.”
Another popular product that was catching show-goer’s eyes was the company’s Crop Divider for bean platforms, which Brian Lundell said is available for Case IH and John Deere bean platforms and replaces the longer crop dividers featured on some of the older models.
Brian Lundell said he enjoys the customer interaction they get at the Iowa Power Farming Show.
“It’s nice to be able to meet customers firsthand and answer questions on a face to face basis,” he said. “Des Moines is always a good show.”
Bill Bruere, area sales manager for Merschman Seeds was one of several representatives of the company on hand at their booth at the Iowa Power Farming Show to discuss all that Merschman Seeds has to offer especially their new Enlist E3 soybeans
According to Merschman Seeds, the Enlist E3 soybeans are a new, high-yielding triple stack soybean trait fully approved and available in the Midwest for 2020.
Bruere said the new Enlist E3 soybeans are tolerant to glyphosate, glufosinate and the 2 4-D choline technology.
“2 4-D allows for applications later in the flowering period than most herbicides,” he said. “Another advantage is for no-till. You can use that 2 4-D for a burndown and it’s planted immediately behind it or in the past you were supposed to wait a week before planting.”
Also, the Enlist E3, Bruere said is more of a user friendly soybean variety compared to the dicamba resistance varieties.
“Farmers have had trouble with drift, it’s a good product, don’t get me wrong, but it volatizes and there’s lots of cases where it had troubles this year with the late planting. People were desperate. They sprayed late and didn’t pay attention to the label and Enlist won’t volatize like dicamba, the restrictions are nothing like dicamba. You can spray right up to a susceptible crop and don’t have to worry about it. There are lots of advantages that way and you will keep your neighbor happy.”
Bruere said there should be an excellent supply of the Enlist E3 soybeans available and suggests contacting your Merschman Seeds representative for more information.
In addition to looking for new customers, Bruere said he was also utilizing his time at the Iowa Power Farming Show to enlist new seed reps.
“We are looking to grow and would like to expand into Northern Iowa,” he said.
Central Iowa Agronomy and Supply
Bob Streit, owner of Central Iowa Agronomy and Supply has also been a regular exhibitor at the Iowa Power Farming Show for 20 years.
“We really enjoy the person to person contact we have,” he said.
Streit was on hand to visit with customers about all of his company’s offerings as well as a new product they have available, called Farmer’s Shield.
“We all have heard about the cancer lawsuits in California. They’re not nuts. A friend of mine has all of the internal data on it. That’s why the trials are being determined the way they are,” he said.
Farmer’s Shield, he hopes, could be a product that can help provide added protection to those out there spraying and handling chemicals.
“If farmers are spraying materials during the summer that have an ‘IDE’ on the end, or heavy metals, they should be tested,” he said. “I was myself. I was full of mercury, lead and cadmium.”
Streit said he painted fences and farm buildings growing up on the farm using all lead-based paint and at the end of the day would wash up with gasoline.
“That’s where the cadmium and lead came from,” he said. “As far as the mercury, I was asked if I like fish and have fillings and I said yeah. If you don’t take those out, you run the risk of causing inflammation and inflammation turns into a serious disease, like cancer.”
What Farmer’s Shield does is safely detoxes your body, removing the harmful heavy metals.
“In 30 days it can pull the metals and old pesticides out of their body and I have told these guys they need to also focus on the person that washes their clothing, because they are probably more at risk,” he said.
The Iowa Power Farming Show is already scheduled for Feb. 2-4, 2021 to be held again at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
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