As is often the case, when crop prices are low and money is tight, some companies retreat from participating in shows while others step up because they feel they have a product or service that is designed to produce for the farmer at a low cost, to give the farmer a better retutrn on his investment.
Very often it is a company with a new product or a new technology. This seems to be the case for this year's 39th annual Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show, December 12 thru 14 at the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgounds, Indianapolis.
According to Show Manager Richard Sherman, who has been with the show throughout it's history, “We appear to have a very good and very interesting show this year and the highlight will definitely be the appearance of the Tribine Harvester which will be making it's first major showing in Indianapolis.
It is very possible that the future of harvesting is now and area farmers will get a chance to judge the truth of that for themselves at the show. To my knowledge, this will only be the 2nd appearance of the full machine at any show, Farm Progress and now Indianapolis.”
The show will, of course, feature large displays from John Deere, Case IH, Massey Ferguson and Cat, along with displays from over 250 ag companies.
The John Deere display, the largest one in the show, will be presented by Koenig Equipment. With their recent purchase of Smith Implement, Koenig becomes the largest John Deere dealer in the state. Hoosier farmers should be sure to stop by the display and meet their staff.
There will be a free seminar series presented by the Hoosier Ag Today radio network, hosted by Gary Truitt and featuring on Tuesday, at 11, Agronomic Issues, Particularly Weed Control plus the Latest Regulations on Using Dicamba Products, presented by Bill Johnson of Purdue.
The 11 am Wednesday seminar will begin with Ryan Martin and his Weather Outlook for 2018 and he will be followed by Dr Chris Hurt of Purdue with his Annual Market Forecast.
The Thursday morning seminar will focus on the Futures Market and is being presented by Bill Gentry of Risk Management Commodities.
Show hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 & 13, and 9 am to 3 pm on closing day, Thursday, December 14.
Show admission is free, but there is a $5 per car parking fee at the Fairgrounds, money that goes to maintaining and improving the fair buildings.