The 2021 Farm Progress Show made the most of gorgeous weather in Decatur, Ill., last week during its three-day run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
“It was exceptional to have the industry gather together and create a live event — everyone from farmers and exhibitors to politicians,” says Matt Jungmann, national events director for Farm Progress.
Exhibitors say farmers turned out in droves, ready to make deals and see equipment in action.
“The feedback that I’m getting in the week following the show is that farmers were just eager to be back together at a live event. They were glad we were able to have a show,” Jungmann adds.
And the weather? While the Decatur event is often known for high temperatures, that wasn’t the case in 2021. After the fog burned off Tuesday morning, the entire rest of the show enjoyed fair skies, moderate temperatures and cool breezes.
“The weather was great. The crowd was great. The show was great,” Jungmann says. “It’s hard to beat that combination.”
Corn harvest demonstrations ran each day of the show, with early moisture coming in at 24% and dropping to 18% by Thursday. “That early corn sucks it out fast,” Jungmann notes, adding that yield was pushing 200 bushels. “Not bad on 87-day corn in Macon County, Ill.”
Jungmann has pushed on to his next event: Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb., will be held next week, Sept. 14-16. Combines are already rolling there, too.