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Slideshow: Take a look at all the sights and sounds of the 2021 Farm Progress Show, held in Decatur, Ill.

Holly Spangler

September 10, 2021

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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. 

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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