Hundreds of agribusinesses and thousands of farmers from 20 states and Canada will converge on Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 23, 24 and 25 for the 21st annual New York Farm Show. The newest and latest in dairy, machinery and crop technology, services and management come together in five comfortable buildings at the state fairgrounds.
"You'll find everything imaginable for grain, dairy, beef and specialty livestock enterprises, as well as woodlot owners and wildlife enthusiasts," reports Scott Grigor, NYFS manager. More than 425 exhibits jam the buildings and spill over into outdoor exhibits.
Major dairy equipment manufacturers will have at least videos plus details to share about their voluntary milking systems. Some will be bringing full-sized or scale models. DeLaval, for instance, plans to have a voluntary milking system scale model at the show.
Income-boosting possibilities are mixed throughout the show, ranging from organic crop and milk production to specialty crops to new varieties and new equipment. More than 40 exhibitors have announced plans to unveil new products at the show. (Click on "New York Farm Show" for more details.
Drive away from the show with a 100-hour lease of a Case IH MX215 tractor that's so new that it'll be unveiled to dealers in early February. The lease for this 185-horsepower MFWD goes to the highest bidder in Friday evening's Bid-to-Win charity event.
This year's NYFS grand prize drawing is a season's use of a MillerPro 1150 rotary rake.
Beef and woodlot owners won't want to miss daily workshop programs aimed at improving the bottom line and enjoyment of both. See the daily lineup at the New York Farm Show Web site.
If you're fond of old shiny paint, you'll want to visit the antique equipment display area. Toy collectors will also have much to ogle over.
If you're into extreme horsepower, you'll want to check out the Silver Bullet pulling tractor and the Dixie Chopper motorcycle made by Orange County Chopper.
Visit the American Agriculturist exhibit just inside the Horticultural Building and register for more than $500 in prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a camo-colored Nikon 10x42 Monarch binocular retailing for more than $350. And three Leatherman Multi-tools will also be given away by answering opinion poll questions and judging cover photos.
Catch these and many more details by clicking on www.newyorkfarmshow.com.