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See you at the Farm Progress Show!See you at the Farm Progress Show!

The 2018 Farm Progress Show starts today in Boone, Iowa. Here’s what you need to know, and what you’ll find.

Holly Spangler

August 28, 2018

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NEW EQUIPMENT: “What we’ve come to expect as the normal is pretty unbelievable,” says Matt Jungmann, national events director for Farm Progress. “Being the kickoff for the farm show season, the Farm Progress Show gets more than our fair share of extra hype for these product launches.”

The collective eye of U.S. agriculture is trained today on Boone, Iowa, as the 2018 Farm Progress Show opens its three-day run.

“All systems are go for a great show,” says Matt Jungmann, national events director for Farm Progress. “The site looks phenomenal, and the exhibitors have really brought their A game. Our visitors are going to have no shortage of quality products to check out.”

The show is the largest outdoor farm show in the U.S., and it’s become a hallmark for farmers to kick tires, see what’s new and check out field demos — all just before the 2018 harvest season kicks off. It’s also the place where equipment manufacturers introduce their best new products.

Field demonstrations, long the hallmark of Farm Progress Shows, will take place every day. Combining starts at 11 a.m., and then you can check out tiling demonstrations at noon and tillage at 2 p.m. on all three days.

“The crop is in great shape for us to be able to run field demonstrations,” Jungmann says, adding that the 360 acres of corn was entirely in the ground by April 28. All corn is 78- to 80-day hybrids planted for early harvest at the show.

After field demos, check out the expanded Ride ’n’ Drive area. “We’ve never had interest in Ride ’n’ Drives like we’ve had this year,” Jungmann adds. You can drive the new Dodge Ram, the new Chevy truck, a Case tractor, the Deere tractor and more.

New this year to Boone: tiling demonstrations. Timewell Drainage Products and Hol Drainage have designed a drainage system for the northeast 220 acres. They’ll do a third this year, a third in 2020 and a third in 2022. Six Timewell contractors will install 3-inch tile on 40-foot lateral spacings.

“It’s taken a lot of coordination between Timewell and Hol Drainage, plus several other Timewell contractors and the host farmers, Central Iowa Expo and Farm Progress. Everybody’s doing their part to make this a really cool feature. And it’s good for the site, too, for handling Mother Nature’s possible impacts,” Jungmann adds.

Check out cattle handling demonstrations every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the southeast corner of the grounds. The entire southeast quadrant is full of livestock equipment, and Iowa State University is providing cattle for demonstrations.

What else to know?
• Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Discounted adult tickets are available online.

• Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

• Handicap parking is available on the edge of the exhibit field in the north parking lot.

• No more golf cars are available for rent, but mobility scooters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can bring your own golf car, but you cannot bring anything that idles (four-wheeler, side-by-side, etc.).

• Food and beverages are offered for sale at the food courts located throughout the grounds.

• Find a map of the grounds here.

• Hosted by Wallaces Farmer, the Farm Progress Show will be held in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 28-30.




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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