The Farm Progress Show, often referred to as the World's Fair of Agriculture, returns to Decatur, Ill. for its 58th run on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1.It's the show that prides itself on some 100 acres of exhibits, working field demonstrations, free seminars and entertainment, and various types of agronomic plots. It's the one where companies frequently introduce their newest products and latest technology.
Here's a rundown on some of the highlights of this year's show. First and foremost, is the semi-permanent show site which features paved streets, improved drainage, modern restrooms, cooling stations and many more amenities.
With more than 400 exhibitors showing seed, chemicals, equipment, livestock, technology, trucks, ATVs and much more, you're sure to find something new and useful for your operation. There are free giveaways and entertainment as well.
Weather permitting, corn combines and all types of tillage will roll at this year's show. The idea is to see this combines running side-by-side, and then be able to walk behind each unit after it passes to evaluate the job its doing. Each company will have an opportunity to talk about their machine before it makes its pass.
In the tillage demos there will be traditional disks, rippers, both v-rippers, those designed to leave more residue on the surface, and a host of other tools including vertical tillage tools.
Corn combining is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Tillage tools take to the field from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Seeing the equipment in action is what sets the Farm Progress Show apart but you also come to see the plants of tomorrow growing today. Where else can you find hybrids and varieties available today from many companies growing in the field, plus some products that aren't on the market yet? Eight to ten companies have plots growing near their exhibit tents. This makes it convenient for you to observe and ask questions of company reps.
Rural Life Tent
For those looking for a place to relax or shop for a gift, the Rural Life Tent is the place to go. Here you will find entertaining programs, arts and crafts, country music and a fashion show. There's a workshop to help you put some pizzazz in your wardrobe and quilting and sewing tips.
Country music concert
Rodney Atkins will present a live concert on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Concert gates open at 5 p.m. A Decatur-area band, Eric Burgett opens the concert prior to Atkins scheduled 6:30 p.m. performance. Ticket prices are $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Order online at eTix.com.
Admission and show hours
Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $12 per adult, per day, $8 per student (13-17), per day. Children under 12 are free. Be sure to pick up the free official program when you arrive at the show for all the schedules, maps, etc.