If it seems like you haven't received an Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine in a while, unless it came this week, you're not imagining things. The schedule was changed to allow for preparing and printing the actual Farm Progress Show program, which is included inside the August issue.
Don't worry. If you don't have it yet, you will soon. And the large program features everything you should need to know to attend the world's largest outdoor farm show. It's Sept. 1-3 at the Progress City permanent site near Decatur. Ill.
You will find a complete list of the more than 600 exhibitors, plus how to find each exhibitor at the show.
The program also kicks off the historical series of articles on farm equipment from the 1950s. In 2014 the Farm Progress Show program featured articles about the history of New Idea, and the mystery surrounding the New Idea square hay baler of the 1950s, which few remembered. The mystery was solved- they built one, but not for very long. It was overpriced and had performance issues.
If you didn't go to the show in Iowa last year, you still had access to the information because it ran in Indiana Prairie Farmer as well.
This year's feature is John Deere, with lots of sidebars about incidents with myself and John Deere tractors and implements growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s.
There's also another story in the main issue for August, besides the one in the show program. Look for more stories this fall as space permits. Some of the historical pieces will look at not just John Deere, but also other older equipment, and trends which developed
Look for a comparison of the specs and benefits of tractors, from the John Deere 60 to the 620 to the 4010 New Generation tractor. It was the birthing years of tractors. That feature will appear later this fall.