DECATUR -- It just happened to be one of the hottest days of the summer during one of the biggest events of the year, but farmers aren't letting the warm weather keep them away. Tuesday kicked off the first day of the Farm Progress Show and organizers are preparing for the biggest turnout ever. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley was there in the heat.
The farmers weren't even breaking a sweat. They deal with the heat all summer and say come rain or shine, nothing will keep them from this show.
"I'm surviving the heat fine. I'm not sure that my corn beans are surviving the heat fine," said Don Todd.
Whether it's the blistering heat of summer, or freezing winter weather, Todd has learned how to work in the Central Illinois temperatures. But days like this are crucial for his job. Todd said agriculture is changing, rapidly.
"It's not even the same thing that it was when I was younger. We've got a little picture on the wall of the farmstead I grew up on and it's like looking at an ancient picture."
"Technology. Something's changing constantly. You go to shows like this to keep up with the change."
That cutting-edge technology is being displayed by more than 600 exhibitors, some with GPS-driven equipment. Farmers don't even have to drive, it does it all on its own.
Todd said, "Honestly I think you can do it better, you can farm more acres in a timelier manner. There are fewer of us, and we're getting older and I think they're trying to make it easier for us."
That's why more than 100,000 people from all over the world flock to this event; to better their craft, no matter what the thermometer reads. Events Manager Matt Joungmann says these men and women are tough.
"This isn't something that will keep them away. Especially this being a business event."
"This is how they learn about the latest trends in their business. They want to learn about that here."
The day went off without a hitch. There were no heat-related medical emergencies, but dozens of agencies will be standing by just in case. The show goes until Thursday at 5 pm.
DECATUR -- The city is hosting one of the biggest farming events of the year, with the biggest turnout and highest demand ever. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people at the Farm Progress Show. Nearly 50,00 attended Tuesday.
600 exhibitors are showcasing equipment with the latest technology. More than 70-extra exhibitors signed up, so an extra area had to be added to the event. The show lasts until Thursday at 5 pm.
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