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Slideshow: Here's a look at the best of the 2017 Farm Progress Show and all you need to know!

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

July 20, 2017

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The fall farm show season kicks off with the 2017 Farm Progress Show, which returns to Decatur Aug. 29-31. This year’s event adds new features, exhibits and more to the show site, returning there for the seventh time since 2005.

Farm Progress Show organizers have a singular goal: to share the biggest, brightest, newest and best in agriculture with farmers and agribusiness, says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress director of trade shows. And in fact, the reach goes far beyond the U.S.; representatives from more than 50 countries are expected to attend the show this year.

“This is the big farm show, especially for corn and soybeans,” says Jungmann. “Most big exhibitors do six or seven shows corporately. If they’re in Midwest ag, there are a few shows that bubble to the top — FPS, Husker Harvest Days, National Farm Machinery Show. FPS is certainly the big one. It’s also the first one on the calendar. Everything is fresh and new before it hits the fall show cycle.”

Billed as the largest outdoor farm show in the U.S., the Farm Progress Show is known for its field demonstrations, complete with more than 300 acres of corn harvest, tillage and stalk baling demos. Jungmann says corn went in the ground around April 15 in “nearly perfect” planting conditions. Host farmers plant 98-to-101-day Wisconsin hybrids, so they’ll be mature and ready for harvest by late August.

Plus, be sure to check out the Case IH 125 tractor as it “floats” from one end of a 100-foot pond to the other, thanks to its Mitas tires. Jungmann says that’s guaranteed to be the exhibit everyone will be talking about this year. Look for it in the expansion area on the south end of Progress City.

Take a look through this slideshow for some of the best highlights of the show, the information you’ll need and what you can look forward to.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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