INDIANAPOLIS — As often is the case when crop prices are low and money is tight, some companies retreat from participating in farm shows, while others step up because they feel they have a product or service that is designed to deliver for the farmer at a low cost, to give that farmer a better return on their investment.
Very often, it is a company with a new product or a new technology. And that seems to be the case for this year’s 39th annual Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show, scheduled Dec. 12-14 at the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
“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,” said show manager Richard Sherman, who has been with the event throughout its entire history.
“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 second appearance of the full machine at any show, Farm Progress and now Indianapolis.”
The farm show, of course, will feature large displays from John Deere, Case IH and Caterpillar, along with displays from more than 250 other agriculture companies.
The John Deere display, the largest one at the show, will be presented by Koenig Equipment. With its recent purchase of Smith Implement, Koenig becomes the largest John Deere dealer in Indiana.
There will be a free seminar series at 11 a.m. daily presented by the Hoosier Ag Today radio network, hosted by Gary Truitt:
• Tuesday — “Agronomic Issues: Weed Control and the Latest Regulations on Using Dicamba Products,” Bill Johnson of Purdue University.
• Wednesday — “Weather Outlook for 2018,” Ryan Martin, followed by “Annual Market Forecast,” Chris Hurt of Purdue.
• Thursday – “The Futures Market,” Bill Gentry of Risk Management Commodities.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free, but there is a $5-per-car fee at the fairgrounds, money that goes to maintaining and improving the fair buildings.
Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday and Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.