Even without field demonstrations, the lure of extra exhibits outside the gate and special features, such as the cover crop demonstrations, lured a sizable number of Hoosiers to visit the Farm Progress Show last week. Here's just a few we ran into as we traveled the field, looking for new products.
Don Villwock, president of Indiana Farm Bureau, had his farmer hat on as he visited the show Wednesday with Jason Misiniec, who handles daily operations on the farm. They were checking out sprayers when we talked to them.
Jon Lantz of CountryMark was checking out the show before heading to the CountryMark booth on Thursday morning. Their inviting tent gave Hoosiers a chance to visit with people they knew.
Ashley Woodward Fischer of Beck's Hybrids was there, helping direct a huge crowd through their permanent display. She is communications manager for Beck's Hybrids.
We also saw Steve Swain, who works with Bill Field, Purdue University safety coordinator. They helped man the large health and safety tent on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds. Swain says he thought he talked to more Hoosiers than at past shows in Decatur, Ill. He was primarily visiting with farmers who had disabilities but still wanted to farm. He works closely with the Purdue Agra-Ability project.
Richard Ritter brought his high school FFA members from Gibson County to judge in the soil judging contest and finished second. Darrell brought judgers from South Newton near Kentland, and Pam Meyer brought students form Shelby County to judge soils.
Lisa Holscher and Hans Kok were in the cover crops tent just outside the south gate. They helped farmers who stopped by from several states learn more about cover crops.
All in all Indiana was well- represented both by visitors and by exhibitors. It was another good year for the Farm Progress Show, and it retains an Indiana influence.