2014 Farm Progress Show

Published 08/27 2014 10:43AM

Updated 08/29 2014 10:16AM

Latest: 10:13 pm, 8/28/14, Thursday
BOONE, IA -- Rain and lightning canceled the final day of the Farm Progress Show, but WCIA-3's Jillian Deam still got the chance to talk seeds.

There are so many exhibits here at the Farm Progress Show and a lot of equipment. But, we can't go without showing you where it gets started and that's with planting the seeds to begin with. Rich, with Channel Focus, joins us with lots of bags of seeds, but he says it's more than that.

"It is. It's really a lot more than just seeds. It all starts with our local seeds-man and their opportunity to be experts in the field and, with that, the seeds-man represent a four-series checkup from emergence to harvest, where they have the opportunity to be on their farm and provide expert services for that."

Rich, I know that's what you're showing. If we look around, there's the emphasis on one-on-one interaction because there's a lot of factors in when it comes to insects and when it comes to weather. You guys want to have that one-on-one interaction to help the farmers.

"Yes, and we have these displays around here and we've got hands-on opportunities for the grower to come in here and look at our products and that we've got the products sitting here. Our newest hybrids and with the trade package and with those trade packages, it gives them the opportunity to realize maximum yields on their individual farms with our seeds-man. It gives them the opportunity to place them with the four-series checkup series on the right acres on the right farm for every one of our growers."

Now, Rich, these are fresh off the field. They could come in and see just what these seeds produced.

"Exactly right. They could come in and get hands-on, feel them, sit and talk with the seeds-man and really get excited about our products and our trades set and maximize those yields on their acres."

Farm Progress Show rain-outs are rare. The most recent was in Danville. Two days were canceled in 2003.
Latest: 6:16 pm, 8/28/14, Thursday
BOONE, IA -- Farmers usually pray for rain, but not this week. The final day of the Farm Progress Show was washed out. It didn't stop WCIA-3's Jillian Deam who's been covering the event all week.

We see a lot of recognizable names in the agriculture world here. Sukup, a big company, is one of the many exhibits here. There's another aspect to this company and the work it does with the Global Compassion Network.

Ken and Dennis are here. This is about helping people who have been affected by natural disasters.

"That's right. Sukup had a heart to design a building that can be used for those kinds of situations, so after the earthquake in Haiti, in 2010, they gave the green light to go ahead and design this type of structure. We'd been working in Haiti after the earthquake and certainly saw a great fit in that kind of design and what could be used in a more compassionate dwelling, rather than living under tarps or tents."

We're going to get a chance to look at an example here. A local tie, I know we spent a lot of time in Washington after a tornado hit there, and I know, Dennis, you did as well.

"Yep. We spent about three months there as an organization assisting working with a local church there and helping about 75 families clean up their properties and we actually helped tear down about 50 homes that were destroyed by the tornado there in Washington."

I'm sure this is such an important resource for those families and, as we step in here, I know it will be dark for a second, but let's take a look around. This is an example right here of what you can offer to those people in need. Tell us what we're seeing here.

"Well, this is the inside of the home, obviously, it has the ability to shed heat in a tropical condition. One of the things we always here from anybody that's used to a bin in Iowa, it's hot. Well, it has ventilation and a double-heat shield that helps deflect the heat. We've added windows and doors, a loft for storage or sleeping, so the home comes in a kit. In fact, where it can be built in a day with small tools. Anyone can put it up."
Latest: 6:17 pm, 8/27/14, Wednesday
BOONE, IA -- It's Day 2 of the Farm Progress Show. It's the largest outdoor farm event held in the United States. All the major agriculture companies are here, like John Deere, Case, Monsanto and AGCO. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam is also there.

There are hundreds of exhibits here at the Farm Progress Show, showing off the latest in farming technology and we have a pretty nice view right now. We're at AGCO's exhibit.

Take a look around. You can see just how big this is here with 600 different exhibits. AGCO put together a big display so people can really get the agricultural experience.

"Welcome to AGCO's lot. We're standing on top of Fuze Tower. We've set up this tower so we can get a good view of how this farming progresses for planning to planting to growing to harvesting. We wanted to show how that works in the cycle within the farm here. We're up on top of our Fuze Pavilion where we have our augmented reality experience. When we actually have these wonderful iPads, people can pick up to see how all the data connects throughout the machines, as well as gives you instructions on how that data will help out in the farming experience."

If we just take a look around this way, like you were talking about, you're showing all the different stages here from tilling to planting to when it's in the growing phase and harvesting. You want people to get a real sense of all that.

"Yeah, we wanted to show off the complete farming cycle 'cause it's more than just owning a tractor, more than just owning a sprayer. It's actually opening all the pieces that go together to complete the harvest cycle. So, we work with GSI, we own GSI. We have a grain bin at the other end over here, which shows exactly what we do with the storage at the end, but, of course, it all starts off with the farmers whose planning about how he's going to do his season for the year he plants."

The 61st Annual Farm Progress Show wraps Thursday.
Latest: 5:10 pm, 8/27/14, Wednesday
BOONE, IA -- The latest in farming technology is being explored at Iowa's Farm Progress Show. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam is there all week and tells us about new advances in raising livestock.

Here at the Farm Progress Show, we've been talking about the latest in farming technology, but we know a big part of farm life is livestock. We brought in veterinarian Dr. Mark Baptista to find out what's being showcased this year.

"The livestock exhibits are quite interesting, especially for the Brazilian crowd, the international crowd here this year. I think this piques their curiosity. I think a lot of the breeders and farmers want to see this. This might be a record-breaking year in terms of the international folks, mainly from Brazil. I think Brazil is on the map right now and a lot of them are looking here to see what's done in this country."
Latest: 10:24 pm, 8/26/14, Tuesday
BOONE, IA -- A city grew out of the middle of a cornfield. It's become the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Well over 100,000 people are expected to visit the largest outdoor farm show in the country. Gates opened promptly at 8 am, Tuesday. People from all over the world are there to see farm equipment and the latest in technology.
Update: 6:17 pm, 8/26/14, Tuesday
BOONE, IA -- Despite some early morning rain, the largest outdoor
farm show in the country kicked off Tuesday, in Iowa. Gates at the Farm Progress Show opened promptly at 8 am. It features more than 600 vendors. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam is there.

We're in Boone, Iowa, for the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Thousands of people come here for it; we're talking 100,000 to 150,000 people from all over the world. I had to try out some farming equipment because this is what it's all about; the latest in farming technology.

Steven Davies, from Kubota, tells us it's about making life easier for farmers.

"People came to Farm Progress Show to see the latest, the greatest, and most innovative equipment in the industry."

The annual event showcases the latest in farm equipment, processes and practices.
Original: 5:07 pm, 8/26/14, Tuesday
BOONE, IA -- Agriculture is rich in the Midwest and what better way to celebrate the industry than with a Farm Progress Show. It's often called the "Super Bowl" of Agriculture. It's all about the latest in farming technology. There are 600 exhibits and thousands of people come through from all over the world.

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