Ready for the Big Show!

You won't find this much information and entertainment anywhere else.

Published on: Jul 28, 2006

The Farm Progress Show returns to familiar territory this year - the same location as the 1990, 1993, 1996, and 1999 shows near Amana in east central Iowa.

Amana Farms and the Amana community invite you to the 53rd annual Farm Progress Show Aug. 29-31.

The site is easy to find - you will find maps and specific instructions in this program.

The country's largest outdoor farm show will feature the latest in ag technology. You won't find this much information - and entertainment - anywhere else.

Gates open at 8 a.m. each morning and close at 5 p.m. each evening except Thursday when gates close at 4 p.m.. Admission is $7 for adults, ages 13-17, $3. Children 12 and under get in free. Admission will be collected as you enter the exhibit field.

Shop-compare-buy. More than 500 exhibitors with thousands of products are on display in "Tent City", the 75-acre exhibit area. The country's top agribusinesses plus many of the region's most service-oriented manufacturers and suppliers are exhibiting. It's a unique, one-stop shopping and learning experience. Plus, many companies use the Farm Progress Show to launch their new fall product introductions.

Field demonstrations. Evaluate tractors, combines and tillage equipment as they run side-by-side with their competitors in the field. Even though the show is in late August, show management and host farmers chose early varieties so there will be hundreds of acres of corn for harvesting, tillage and related demonstrations. Combine demonstrations run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Tillage demos will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Look for the specially designed side-view Unverferth Grain Quality Wagon to compare grain harvested by the various combine manufacturers.

The latest in precision ag technology will be on display as well. GPS receivers, lightbars and autosteering are examples.

Seed variety plots. Farmers interested in comparing competitive seed varieties will have a chance to view seed variety plots at the Farm Progress Show. Demonstration plots showcase new seed hybrids and varieties, crop protection and fertilizer applications. Twenty-one companies are participating in the seed variety plots located on the north end of the exhibit field. "Seed Row" exhibitors will be able to showcase their varieties and applications in demonstration plots directly behind their exhibit.

Ride N' Drive. Here's your opportunity to take your favorite tractor for a spin. Self-propelled sprayers have been included as well and Dodge and Chevy trucks will be loaded with a variety of payloads to check out.

Horsing around. Take a "test ride" on America's Most Popular Horse and meet American Quarter Horse Professional Horsemen and representatives of the AQHA's 4aHORSE Test Ride.

Inventor's Challenge. Farmers have a chance to enter their original inventions and win cash prizes in the Inventor's Challenge sponsored by Farm Progress Companies and Rabobank. The top ten finalists were selected from entries submitted earlier this summer. These are on display at the Wallaces Farmer Hospitality Building. Show visitors will vote for the first, second and third place winners. The contest's top three winners tap into $5,250 in cash prizes.

Horse Whisperer. Craig Cameron is back with his "Horse Whisperer" demonstrations. You will be amazed at the untrained horses' response to his behavioral training sessions.

Livestock shows and displays. Slamming chutes and fast-moving calves provide the action during the cattle processing demonstrations. Check out numerous working chutes, scales, portable fencing and pens while exhibitors work a series of cattle through each setup. Animal health suppliers are on hand to demonstrate and discuss their product lines and answer your questions.

Hospitality Building. The Farm Progress Hospitality Building at this year's Farm Progress Show has a lot to offer. You have a chance to chat with various Farm Progress editors, check on your subscription, buy souvenirs and vote on the Inventor's Challenge entries. Enter our "Pick your favorite cover" drawing for a chance to win a Miller Bobcat Welder/Generator or a Stars and Stripes Elite auto-darkening welding helmet You can also register for chance to win a Polaris RANGER XP, list price $10,399. .

Cooling stations. Since the show is at the end of August when the weather could be hot, misters and fans will be located throughout the grounds, including at the Food Courts, the Varied Industries Tent, Livestock Industries Tent, and tram-loading areas.

Rural Life, arts and crafts. Great speakers and arts and crafts will be a highlight in the Rural Life Tent. An arts & crafts area will be located inside the tent. Featured will be artists whose works include original and limited prints of livestock, wildlife, nature, farm tractors and equipment; a basket weaver and potterers (someone who does pottery). There will also be embroidered items, scroll saw silhouettes, home decor, seasonal items, candles, dolls, hand painted mailboxes, handmade rugs, wood crafts - tables, chairs, rockers, toys and more!

Conservation Central. Looking for ways to enhance wildlife habitat or improve water quality on your land? Interested in establishing a conservation buffer or wetland? Want to work with neighbors on a common resource problem? Come to Conservation Central Tent at this year's Farm Progress Show for some ideas and answers.

Whether you have questions on cost-share funds, programs like Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Security Program, conservation planning and practices, or demonstrations, you should be able to find the right agency or group to help.

The Conservation Central Tent will feature 11 different organizations that work with landowners to care for natural resources on private lands. Many of the groups in the tent offer similar service or cost share. They work together at the local level to give the best possible resource assistance to landowners. 

Iowa State University. The ISU exhibit is back at the Farm Progress Show with new information on crops, livestock, farm and power equipment, gardening and how to make healthy choices when eating carbohydrates.

WOI Radio will broadcast the Midday and Talk of Iowa programs live each day from the show, along with market news reports. 

Food and Drink. If you don't find something on the food menu to tempt your taste buds, you just aren't hungry. The food courts offer everything from pizza to steak sandwiches, even ice cream. Check the menu in the program in this issue for a complete listing.