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Iowa Farmers Check Out Latest Ag Technology

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By Ron Marasco


Usually you see the Wild or the Energy on the floor of Wells Fargo Arena this time of year.  What you saw, though, was a lot of wild energy.  The Iowa Power Farming Show hit the Iowa Events Center and it left farmers dreaming. 

"I've been around, walked around, talked to many exhibitors and they're very excited about this show and the farmers that come to this show," said Andrew Goodman, President and CEO of Iowa/Nebraska Equipment Dealers, who put on the show.

25,000 to 30,000 farmers walked through the show doors between Tuesday and Thursday last week.

"It's always nice to come down and catch up on new technology, see what's new coming in planters, ways to variable rate fertilize," said farmer Jordan Jalas of Sutherland, Iowa.  "It's just a real good show."

"Every room, there's always something that I'd like to have or see," said farmer Tim Burrack of Arlington, Iowa.  "It's a lot of information in a concentrated place, so it's really great to be here."

From combines to grain bins to sprayers to drones, farmers saw a field of dreams at the show.

"The big topic of discussion right now is drones," said Goodman.

So what are they used for?

"That's used for scanning fields and feeding data back into farmers' data systems," said Goodman.

"It never ceases to amaze me how creative people are and the things that they can invent that always want to separate me and my money," said Burrack.

The Iowa Power Farming Show is the third largest indoor farming show in North America.  It dates back to 1900.

"It's been a real good show," said Jalas.

"The thing I like about this show is the people that come are generally looking for something, whether it's a grain auger, or whether it's a manure spreader, or whatever," said Kevin Primmer, U.S. Sales Manager for Westfield Industries.

Burrack came looking for controls for his sprayer.

"I'm going to give a serious look at it," said Burrack.  "I came here to see it.  I saw it and I liked it.  Now it's just a question of the money."

"They (farmers) are buying things here," said Goodman.  "It is still early in the season.  They can still get delivery on product before planting season, or especially before harvest next fall."

750 vendors attended the show.  Director Tom Junge said the show is so popular, he had to turn another hundred vendors away because he ran out of room.

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