Quad Cities farm show touts latest technologyBy JAMES HENRY
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — It’s a big farm show with some really big equipment.
But the biggest draw at this year’s Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show, scheduled Jan. 19-21 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, is fairly small — technology.
“This year’s show will give area farmers a chance to see some of the newest trends in ag firsthand, and a great many of them are in technology, attempting to make everything more efficient,” said event manager Richard Sherman.
“The ‘cloud’ is everywhere, storage space for information that you can pull down when you need it. Also, with ISOBUS, devices will talk with each other, even when they are not from the same company.
“Farmers will see more in-cab displays, more creature comforts inside the cabs and design control changes that make it easier to operate today’s high-tech machinery.”
More than 200 companies will have their products and services featured at the farm show, “everything that’s new — long line, short line, seeds, supplies, chemicals, livestock equipment, grain handling, storage, buildings, replacement parts and all the new technologies so vital for profits, from computer software to GPS systems, plus self-propelled sprayers, seed tenders and an outstanding selection of outdoor power equipment,” Sherman said.
Now in its 23rd year, the Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show is as vibrant as ever.
“All of our exhibit space is sold out,” Sherman said.
New exhibitors include Beaumont Seed and Supply, D & B Agro-Systems, FBi Buildings, GYPSOIL, HTS Ag, Kory Farm Equipment LLC, Precision Mechanics, Robo Rock Picker, Sublette Mechanical, Sudenga Industries Inc. and Winco Generators.
Exhibitors expanding from previously smaller booths, Sherman said, are Soil-Max, Tim Rogers Repair, West Enterprises and Z & J Farms.
Other notable exhibitors with large displays, he said, are AGCO, Ag Leader Technology, Birkey’s Farm Store, Brokaw Supply Co., Calmer Corn Heads, Case IH, Correct Truck and Trailer, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, GEI, Hardi Midwest Inc., Iowa Farm Equipment, Kunau Implement Co., Martin Equipment, Oxbo International Corp., River Valley Turf, Salford, VandeVoorde Sales Inc., Vermeer Manufacturing Co., Vern’s Farm Systems, Wingfield Manufacturing and Yarger Machinery Sales.
Admission and parking are free.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The QCCA Expo Center is located at 2621 Fourth Ave. Take Fifth Avenue and turn left at 26th Street onto Fourth Avenue at the expo center parking lot.
For more information, contact Sherman at (843) 686-5640 or visit the show’s official website, presented by Illinois AgriNews, at www.quadcitiesfarmshow.com.