The evening news is chock full 'o gloom. The stock market doesn't really remember what "up" looks like. Who knows what commodity prices will bring? So...let's go to a farm show!
As a member of the Farm Progress team, owner of four world-class shows, you'd think I would get enough of the "show scene" every fall. And with our big outdoor events I have a great time. Yet, every winter I make an annual trip to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, in part because the march to new technology doesn't stop.
Case IH has a new planter they want me to see. Agco launched new tractors last week (see more in the blog Southern Thoughts) with some interesting engine technology. Precision tool makers AutoFarm and Raven have new tech to discuss. McCormick has new tractors. And I'm even going to get an update on "plant performance" from Syngenta (it's not all about iron). The list goes on and on, and the ol' dance card of appointments is filling up. And I love it!
This week I'll try to send along a blog or two from the show front. I'll also be punching out a few tweets on Twitter (www.titter.com/Willie1701A) if you're into that sort of thing. Just to give you my thoughts from the Louisville event.
Sure it's an indoor show, with a fraction of the space we have at the Farm Progress Show (I mean 4.4 million square feet is tough to beat for an exhibit field), and I won't get to see the equipment run. But it's a mid-year "touch base" event where I can catch up with contacts, and see what's happening ahead of spring planting. And I'm looking forward to it.
You can look for more in-depth coverage from the show in our What's New section in the Farm Progress News module in the next week or so, pix and all. And don't forget to check this blog too. Keeping up on what's new is still important, even if you're not sure what you'll buy in 2009.
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