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Plan to virtually attend 2020 Farm Progress Show

By Staff | Aug 28, 2020

-Photo courtesy of Farm Progress Field demonstrations will be done virtually this year for the 2020 Farm Progress Show.

By KRISS NELSON

editor@farm-news.com

There won’t be acres and acres of equipment to walk around, or industry experts to visit with, but the 2020 Farm Progress Show will still deliver an up close view of a wider range of new machines in action than ever before.

A Farm Progress Virtual Experience, which is scheduled for Sept. 15-17 will include the most extensive field demonstrations in the history of both Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days.

“This will be no static display of equipment sitting on some farm,” said Don Tourte, senior vice president of sales for Farm Progress. “We’ve got close to 400 acres of corn to harvest at two sites and three days of alfalfa to cut, rake and bale. And we’re going to be showing machines at work on those different tasks- and more.”

Field demonstrations will be carried out each day at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. According to Farm Progress, this video-intense demonstration program will engage multiple camera views, including from the air, so viewers can see these machines from every angle.

“And we’re going to have more types of equipment to view, too,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director. “From combines to tillage to hay tools and even planting equipment, we expect our exhibitors to bring in a lot of machinery to show off in this special virtual event. It will be a unique opportunity for farmers to get up close and personal with the equipment.”

Just because the Farm Progress Virtual Experience runs Sept. 15, 16 and 17 that doesn’t mean those are the only days to view the field demonstrations.

“What it means, is the content is going to roll out in the course of those three days, but, the farmer doesn’t have to sit in front of his computer for three straight days. They will be able to view this at their convenience,” he said. “It’s going to roll out in a metered fashion over those three days, but once it becomes available, it is live and it will stay live well through the spring of next year. It can live on. It doesn’t close after three days.”

Unveilings of new products will also be a part of the virtual event, just as it is every year at the Farm Progress show.

“Landoll will unveil a brand new tillage tool at our event. John Deere is unveiling a new John Deere Gator and the X9 combine the North America debut of the X9 will be at the Farm Progress Show,” he said. “There is lots of new stuff being unveiled at this event. It is truly tremendous. Even though covid has shut down the live event, we are gong to use the virtual event and keep charging forward.”

Jungmann said they are more than ready for next year.

“We are excited for 2021 to be here, so we can close this experiment, get back to shaking hands with people and interacting,” he said. “This speaks to the strength of an in person event, but we are doing this to make lemonade out of lemons. Given the lemons we have been given, we are going to have the very best virtual experience we can have.”

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