Crops in short supply at Farm Progress

Published 08/28 2013 06:08PM

Updated 08/30 2013 10:18AM

Update: 6:18 pm
DECATUR -- Illinois farmers are packing into the Farm Progress Show, but they're not the only ones. People from all over the world are, too.

Farmers from 40 different countries are in attendance; from Brazil to Australia to Germany to Russia. Farmers made the long trek to learn about American equipment technology.

Original: 5:08 pm
DECATUR -- You wouldn't know it by the hot temperatures Wednesday, but we've had a pretty cool summer. It created some problems for the Farm Progress Show.

No crops are being used. They weren't ready for harvest because of this summer's cooler-than-usual temperatures.

Organizers usually use crops to demonstrate, so this year, they had to think outside the box. They created an equipment fashion-show of sorts.

You wouldn't think you'd hear "farmers and fashion show" in the same sentence, but that's what the set mimicked. Farmers lined up equipment and an announcer explained how each part worked.

Crop demonstrations are one of the most important parts of the show. Farmers were disappointed to not have it this year.

Demonstrations will take place Thursday at 11 am and 2 pm. There are more than 600 exhibitors which are extremely knowledgeable about the equipment. If you're interested in learning more, the Farm Progress Show lasts until 5 pm Thursday.

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