The IN/IL Farm Equipment Show kicks off Tuesday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Despite another year of tight margins for producers, the annual farm show is full and ready for inspection. Show manager Dick Sherman says exhibitors started line-up to get into the show this fall, “A few months ago I was worried we would not have a full show, but things have really picked up the past few months. And we are full and ready with a great show.”
New at the show this year is the Tribine harvester, which may be the next generation in combine technology. With a 1000 bushel grain tank capacity, the Tribine can make many field rounds without stopping, and it unloads at over 500 bushels per minute. This unheard of capacity in the industry may eliminate the need for tractor and grain cart in many operations. “It is a very impressive machine measuring over 60 feet long,” said Sherman. It was the first piece of equipment moved onto the show floor because of its size. “Farmers are really going to want to see this,” added Sherman. This show will be the only appearance the unit will be making in Indiana.
In addition to big displays by Case, CAT, and John Deere, there are hundreds of small exhibits with many first time exhibitors. Sherman says many of these new exhibitors have technology that will help make producers more efficient, “Many of these new companies have things that will help producers improve their return on investment.”
The Hoosier Ag Today seminars begin each day of the show at 11am.
Tuesday will focus on agronomic and economic issues. Bill Johnson from Purdue will present a program on weed control and the new Dicamba regulations. Also, representatives from First Farmers Bank and Trust will be on hand to discuss financing options for 2018.
The Wednesday seminars are always a big draw. HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin will outline the weather for 2018, and Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt will outline the markets and economic conditions in the coming year.
It all takes place at the West Pavilion at the ISF. The show is free but there is a charge for parking.