The Farm Progress Show, taking place Aug. 27-29 in Decatur, Ill., will offer farmers a chance to observe recently introduced tractors from Kubota and Case IH as they work in the field.
With new and bigger permanent grain bins, legs and buildings from GSI and Ag Growth International, or AGI, under construction at the showgrounds, growers will also have the opportunity to see the latest innovations in grain storage and on-farm infrastructure, says show manager Matt Jungmann.
“If you’re looking for solutions for grain handling, in addition to expansive systems from Brock, Sukup, Chief and other bin manufacturers, there’s also going to be two brand-new constructed systems from GSI and AGI,” Jungmann says. “Seeing exhibitors grow in spite of the ag economy being where it is — that’s always good to see.”
Jungmann says exhibitors have come out to view the standing permanent structures to “one up” each other as they prepare new attractions over the next few months.
Equipment will be exhibited in field demonstrations to the north of the permanent buildings. While many names haven’t been announced yet, two high-profile companies have revealed they’ll be showing new products: Case IH will show the AFS Connect Magnum line of tractors, while Kubota will demo its high-horsepower lineup.
“With the new Case IH tractor, the first time anybody will ever see it running in a field will be at the Farm Progress Show,” Jungmann says, adding the AFS Vision Pro operating system, combined with the AFS Vector Pro receiver, has several new features. AFS stands for Advanced Farming Systems.
A remote operator can indicate buttons for the driver to push with arrows. Also, data from a fleet can be shared seamlessly with an adviser’s email, with the option to cut off access after a certain amount of time.
The eight tractor models range from 180 to 380 hp. They have larger cabs than previous tractor lines to accommodate an advanced 12-inch AFS 1200 monitor that runs more like a tablet than previous systems.
FROM THE CAB: The latest Case IH Magnum tractor includes brighter displays and the AFS 1200 monitor.
“I’m also going to be excited to see the Kubota out there and running in the field. That’s pretty revolutionary — them entering a totally different category with a row crop, high-horsepower-type tractor,” Jungmann adds.
All field demos occur north of the show site. Attendees board a tram at the north end of Central Avenue. The new AGI building is in the northwest quadrant, on West Avenue a couple of blocks north of Case IH. GSI is in the southeast quadrant, south of Agco, between First and Second streets.