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Editors’ choice: Favorite products from the 2023 Farm Progress ShowEditors’ choice: Favorite products from the 2023 Farm Progress Show

Farm Progress editors fanned out and canvassed the 90-acre exhibit field (and beyond) to gather all the best new products for farmers. Here are their very favorite picks from the big three-day show.

Holly Spangler

September 1, 2023

13 Slides

The 2023 Farm Progress Show has come to an end and will long be remembered for its spectacular weather, record crowds and for the wealth of innovation and technology that manufacturers rolled out.

More than a dozen new tractors were introduced, including three new electric models. Autonomous technology, sprayer drones, sprayer technology and planters and more were on display for farmers, by more than 600 companies, including 150 companies new to the Farm Progress Show.

Indiana Prairie Farmer Editor Tom Bechman laughed when he said, “We knew this year was coming. With the pandemic and supply chain problems, companies kept innovating even when they couldn’t build it all. Now we’re seeing what they came up with.”

Bechman was one of eight Farm Progress editors who fanned out across the 90-acre show site to scour the grounds for new products, hiking from booth to booth to find everything that was new in 2023 – including a few prototype products that may not be available for purchase or order just yet, but were too interesting not to share.

In addition to Bechman, the team included Allison Lund, Indiana Prairie Farmer intern; Pam Caraway, Farm Press; Holly Spanger, Prairie Farmer; Betty Haynes, Prairie Farmer; Chris Torres, American Agriculturist; Tom Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer; Kevin Schultz, The Farmer; and Jennifer Carrico, Wallaces Farmer.

The team will roll out more than 200 new product stories over the next few weeks but for now, check out their favorites in this slideshow, and get an even better look in the video below.

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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