When you really want to check out new technologies, you want to kick the tires (if it has tires), take an under-the-hood look, then get a price quote. This is the time of year when you get serious about it, and have time to do so.
That's why the New York Farm Show is the Northeast's top-drawing indoor farmer's event of the winter, pulling in farmers from more than 10 states and Canada. The 28th annual show opens at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21, 22 and 23.
All five heated buildings will be jammed with crops, dairy, beef and building products from close to 425 exhibitors, says New York Farm Show Manager Scott Grigor. As of early December, exhibit space demand was running far ahead of past years.
What's to see and do
Here's a short list of what'll be waiting for you:
•The Northeast's farmer-driven technology showcase.
•All major brand equipment manufacturers, including AGCO, John Deere, Case IH, CLAAS, •Kubota, Kuhns, New Holland, Mahindra and more
•Short-line products to upgrade existing planters, tillage tools or grain handling equipment.
•Dairy industry leaders, including Dairy Farmers of America, Dairylea, Organic Valley and others
•Dairy equipment companies, including Alfa-Laval, Boumatic, GEA Westfalia-Surge, Lely and more
•Energy-savers and shavers, including ventilation, heating, lighting, solar and wind technology products
•Seed companies, including DeKalb-Asgrow, Doebler's, Growmark FS, Mycogen, Pioneer, •T.A. Seed and many more
•Daily mini-seminars and/or workshops on beef cattle profit-makers plus timber and wildlife management
•Friday morning's "Dairy Robotic Update" mini-seminar, a quick, but thorough look at the latest labor-saving technologies plus updates on how the technology is changing and raising •profit-margins.
•The Beef Industry Council's mouth-watering hot beef sundae