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Virtual demos show many machines in action

Aerial picture of John Deere combine harvesting corn while people watch from behind a rope.
CROWD FREE DEMOS: While equipment will be running for the Farm Progress Virtual Experience, there will be no crowds. But all demos will be recorded at the show sites for the online event.
The Farm Progress Virtual Experience will include the most extensive field demos in the history of both the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days.

The merging of field demonstrations for the two largest farm shows in the country will be the cornerstone of the industry-leading Farm Progress Virtual Experience. Set to kick off Sept. 15 and run through Sept. 17, the new virtual event will allow farmers to get close to a wider range of new machines in action than ever before.

"This will be no static display of equipment sitting on some farm," says Don Tourte, senior vice president of sales for Farm Progress. "We've got close to 400 acres of corn to harvest at two sites, and three days of alfalfa to cut, rake and bale. And we're going to be showing machines at work on all those different tasks — and even more."

When the virtual gates open on Day 1, farmers will get a chance to see all these machines at work. Field demonstrations will be carried out each day at 9 a.m. and at 11 a.m. This video-intense demonstration program will engage multiple camera views, including from the air, so viewers can see these machines from every angle.

"And we're going to have more types of equipment to view, too," says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director. "From combines to tillage to hay tools and even planting equipment, we expect our exhibitors to bring in a lot of machinery to show off in this special virtual event. It will be a unique opportunity for farmers to get up close and personal with the equipment."

That's right, no tape line to stay behind, and the video cameras for these virtual demonstrations will be positioned in ways that show off each machine's unique features. In addition, every demonstration will be followed by a farmer panel offering insight into what they found interesting about the new machines in action.

"We're all in new territory with a virtual event, but we are doing all we can to re-create the experiences farmers most want to see when they come to either the Farm Progress Show or Husker Harvest Days," Jungmann says.

The Farm Progress Virtual Experience runs Sept. 15-17.

Source: Farm Progress
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