The fiftieth Farm Science Review begins its 3-day run Tuesday at the Ohio State University Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The admission price is a little higher than the 50 cents charged in 1962, but the technology and science on display is light years beyond what visitors saw at the first event.
“We are excited to host the event this year with a new mobile app that is available for those with technology who want access to our exhibitor list and show map,” said Leslie Risch, the program assistant at Farm Science Review. “We’re really looking forward to that helping make the show easier for finding exhibitors they’re here to see as well as the educational seminars. We’re also looking forward to some drone technology taking place with a partnership with OSU.”
Those drones are military aircraft that could one day enhance precision agriculture by allowing farmers to detect changes in water content, plant health and pesticide dispersal in their fields. OSU is currently involved in a drone pilot program.
Risch says Purdue University will be back with a large presence at this year’s show.
“Folks with their extension program as well as OSU extension are working on some education seminars and programs throughout the exhibit area, especially on Friday Avenue where they are not only recruiting for the schools but we are working with the education and extension specialists in different program areas. It’s a great way to include Purdue University and collaborate with Ohio State.”
Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. More than 140,000 visitors check out the 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free.
Also, Hoosier Ag Today’s Gary Truitt will report from the 2012 show. [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/09/2012-Farm-Science-Review-preview.mp3|titles=2012 Farm Science Review preview]
(Pictured: Nick Zachrich, Ken Ulrich, Nate Douridas, Matthew Sullivan, Chuck Gamble, Leslie Risch)