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Farmers in the heartland don’t need to travel far to marvel at the best and latest farm equipment, high tech electronics and precision ag technology—not when the Iowa Power Farming Show lures the biggest names and newest innovations to Des Moines for three days each winter. With 1870 total booths, it’s the third largest indoor farm show in the U.S. In total, the expanse of exhibitor displays covers 7 acres, 3 buildings and 6 floors. The show is presented by Farm Credit Services of America and AgDirect.
“The show is about quality exhibitors from every category showcasing the best and latest products and services they have to offer,” said Tom Junge, director of the Iowa Power Farming Show. “Attendees coming to the show know they’re going to see the future of farming and agriculture.”
New electronic devices stand out this year at the show. The latest entry in agriculture is the use of robotic aircraft that captures overhead images of crops and provides growers a cost effective method to identify areas of concern. Other new electronics include web-based tools that farmers can use to develop the best precision business plan for each field and farming operation. This software provides the tools needed to quickly collect and use machine-generated data and to characterize crop budget scenarios across different management zones.
Junge said farmers who come to see their favorite brands won’t be disappointed. The lineup of exhibitors once again features a veritable “Who’s Who” in farm equipment. The list includes tractor manufacturers Case IH, Challenger, John Deere, Kubota, Mahindra, Massey Ferguson, McCormick, New Holland and Versatile. Farmers will also see lots of exciting new products, as featured in the “New Product” section of the show program.
Seminars begin at 10:45 a.m. each day in two seminar rooms so farmers will have additional educational opportunities. Four firms will discuss the transition of the family farm and the changing tax implications.
The Stewart-Peterson Group will provide an outlook on commodity prices and marketing advice. In addition, Calcium Products will discuss sulfur deficiency in the Upper Midwest. The latest information on UAVs will also be presented.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Parking and shuttle are free at Iowa Cubs-Principal Park. Farmers may register online at iowapowershow.com and save $5 on their admission (admission is $8). When registering, farmers will also be participating in the 2016 Planting Intention Survey conducted by AgriSource.
The Iowa Power Farming Show, the third largest indoor farm show in the United States, runs from February 2-4, 2016, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This year the show is sponsored by: Diamond Sponsor – Farm Credit Services of America & AgDirect; Platinum Sponsor – AgLeader; and Gold Sponsors – Bayer CropScience, Mitas, Stine Seed and Sukup.
Visit iowapowershow.com for complete show information and directions.