The Indiana/Illinois Farm Show gets underway today at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The show is expected to draw big crowds despite a tough farm economy.
For the past 38 years, the Farm Show has brought the latest in farm equipment to Indiana, and Show Manager Dick Sherman says, even in tough economic times, the show has done well. Even with farm equipment sales slumping, the big equipment will be at the show. “All the big equipment is there, John Deere, Case, Cat, and others,” he said. “We have 175,000 square feet of exhibit space; and, with these big high doors, we have fit it all in, so the show will not look a lot different.”
Sherman expects farmers to come to the show because they are looking for new ways to be more efficient or to find ways to lower their cost of production, “If they want to buy new, there is plenty of new, but many will be looking for parts or attachments to help them improve their operations.” Thin profit margins can be a time when producers need to try something different. Sherman feels this show is the place to look for that something different to reduce production costs.
Sherman says a lot of the new technology in agriculture is not big iron but digital technology. He told HAT over 35 new companies are exhibiting at this show for the first time in the 10×10 booths, “This show is a lot more varied than it used to be.”
The free seminar series, hosted by HAT and sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and Brodbeck Seeds, will focus on how to develop a profitable production plan for 2017. Today’s panel will focus on operating loans, agronomic issues, and equipment options. The program begins at 11am.
The show begins at 8:30 with free admission. It is located in the West Pavilion on the Indiana State Fairgrounds and continues through Thursday afternoon.