Farm Science Review Announces Attendance Boost

Early harvest results indicate soybean yield of 58 bushels per acre on average and 222 bushels per acre on average for corn for the show's farm demonstration fields.

Published on: Sep 23, 2013

Officials at the Farm science Review reported that 129,864 visitors attended the event during the course of the three-day event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. That is an increase from last year's attendance of 114,324.

"Exhibitors are very pleased and farmers were out there smiling," says Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager, of this year's show. "It's a great time to be in agriculture, especially knowing that the global food demand will reach 9 billion by the year 2050."

After what seemed like a washout due to persistent rain in the area during the morning hours, Thursday's afternoon crowd picked up and brought in 24,608 visitors. Tuesday's opening day attendance was reported as 46,656 while Wednesday was the highest attended day with 58,600 visitors.

Farm Science Review Announces Attendance Boost
Farm Science Review Announces Attendance Boost

"It was nice to see our customers come through and be able to interact with them in a different setting than on the farm," says John Schaeffer, a district sales manager for Great Lakes Hybrids in Northwest Ohio. "The show helped to get the ball rolling on a lot of sales for the fall season."

Some highlights of this year's Review included two presentations by the Peterson Farm Brothers on Tuesday, the first-ever demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle at a farm show, three new inductees into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame, and early soybean yield results are showing 58 bushels per acre on average and 222 bushels per acre on average for corn.

"The field demonstrations were amazing this year, including the installation of drainage technology," Gamble said. "There was a lot of interest in the UAV demo and farmers seem to be more receptive to new technologies."

Next year's Farm Science Review will take place September 16-18. Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts more than 130,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.