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Who’s coming to the Farm Progress Show today?

The biggest outdoor farm show in the country opens today in Decatur, Ill., and runs through Aug. 31.

Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

August 29, 2023

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GET EXCITED: Raise your hand if you’re coming to the Farm Progress Show! Farm Progress National Events Director Matt Jungmann says you’ll want to check out the new autonomy products and the sprayer drones just north of the exhibit field, close to the field demos. Betty Haynes

The Farm Progress Show opens today in Decatur, Ill., beginning its three-day run that continues through Aug. 31.

“The show just continues to grow, and it’s because of the work the exhibitors do to keep the show fresh,” says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director. “They are the ones that bring the new Big Bud, and the North American debut of the Nexat, and the new 1500cc Polaris Ranger that’s being introduced, and the new Kawasaki Mule that’s being introduced, and new products from all your favorite colors of paint.”

You get the feeling that Jungmann could go on and on with that list — because he can.

Jungmann’s family farms in western Illinois, and if you ask him to put on his farmer hat, he’ll tell you he’s most excited to see what other companies are bringing to the autonomy space.

“I’ve seen all this Raven autonomy, and I’m looking forward to what their competitors are going to bring that’s different, like Sabanto and Mojow,” he says.

Jungmann says visitors will find all those autonomy products in the Autonomy Zone, located just north of the exhibit field, near tram loading. Autonomy exhibitors include Raven, Sabanto, Mojow, Ryse and Ag Leader.

Another category that’s filled up fast? Sprayer drones. Look for flight zones just south of the exhibit field, and in the Autonomy Zone on the north end. Jungmann says there are lots of different companies ready to show off their capabilities.

Be sure to check out the biggest-ever Varied Industry Tent, stretching from West Avenue to Central Avenue. Even better: Underneath the VIT, you’ll find soybean asphalt, a new soy-based product sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association.

Best of all, the weather looks to be ideal, a welcome feature following last week’s blazing heat. The high temperatures forecast for Decatur this week are in the low 80s and upper 70s.

A few daily events you’ll want to see:

Field demos. Corn combining begins at 11 a.m. daily in fields north of the exhibit grounds. Tillage demonstrations follow at 2 p.m. in fields where corn was combined earlier in the morning.

Ride ’n’ Drive. The Ride ’n’ Drive areas just north of the exhibit field are perennial favorites where visitors can try out everything from tractors to new pickups.

Tiling demos. Look for 30 acres’ worth of tiling demonstrations again this year, all northeast of the exhibit field.

Dogs and Big Bud. Don’t miss the fun stuff, like the Grinnell Mutual Canine Stars show, at Lot 1210 on 12th Street in the northeast quadrant. Head to the Titan Tires exhibit, also in the northeast quadrant on Central Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets, to check out the latest and biggest Big Bud tractor, along with a few YouTube personalities like Cole the Corn Star.

The Farm Progress Show runs daily, Aug. 29-31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 13 to 17; 12 and under are free. Discounted advance tickets for $15 are available at Follow along on social media with the official Farm Progress Show hashtag: #FPS23.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, 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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