Arguably the largest seed corn field day(s) in Indiana has several new twists this year. It's the fall seed show sponsored by Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta, Ind. This year they're called Becknology Days.
New this year will be an appearance by Andy Miller, director of the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Miller will speak twice on Aug. 24, once at 10:30 am EDT, then again at 1:30 pm EDT. He's scheduled to update the audience on Indiana's strategic agricultural development plan, implemented last year shortly after the department formed. Expect Miller to also talk about renewable fuels and Indiana's bid to become a player in that industry. He will likely highlight accomplishments so far of Biotown, the renewable energy demonstration town of Reynolds, Ind., where ISDA is making very effort to show how an entire town can function on renewable energy.
Renewable fuels will be a recurring theme at the three-day event, slated for August 24, 25 and 26, 9 am EDT to 4 pm EDT each day. The Indiana Soybean Board, Countrymark Co-op, and Beck's Hybrids will sponsor a soy biodiesel and E-85 promotion at the event. It all ties to ISDA's strategic plan to promote development and increased use of biofuels, says Bruce Vester of Beck's.
Other changes to Beck's field show include moving two weeks earlier to before Labor Day instead of after it, plus shortening to three days. There will not be a Sunday day in the event this year. However, officials still expect the three-day show to draw an amazing 7,000 people.
What's amazing is the amount of seed orders placed at the show. Special discount programs help encourage orders. Don't expect to talk to your Beck's sales rep at the show unless you intend to order seed, Typically, actual sales reps are tied up morning to night visiting with customers who want to write orders.
Tours of Beck's On-farm research plots will again be a popular part of the pre-harvest show. Several tours will be planned, and will depart at frequent intervals from the main warehouse, that serves as headquarters for the event.
All farmers are welcome, Vester says.