BOONE - The 2012 Farm Progress Show is set to open its 59th year with a three-day run at the Central Iowa Expo, at the intersections of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 17, between Boone and Ames.
The show's website - www.FarmProgressShow.com - will allow visitors to map out their visit ahead of time.
Features include an interactive map, showing each exhibiter and where they can be found on the grounds.
A list of field demonstrations can be found on page 12B.
The 2012 event is the third time for the Boone-area show, now held in alternate years with Decatur, Ill.
This is the 19th time FPS has been scheduled for Iowa. Boone is the 11th Iowa location to host the event.
Others include Blairburg, 50 years ago, in 1962. Blairsburg was the second Iowa location for the show. Clarence, in 1959 was the first Iowa community to host the event.
People movers will be available to help visitors move through the myriad streets, tents, buildings and demonstrations.
Matt Jungmann, national events manager for the FPS, said despite all the family-friend atmosphere that makes the show a agricultural theme park, "at its core (the FPS) is a trade show,"?he said. "All of the hallmark ag companies are here."
These companies will utilize the show to to introduce new equipment, technology and services to farmers.
Versatile, an ag manufacturer based in Canada, will unveil its first combine - RT490 - moving into the combine competition for the first time.
Other new products include
Massey-Ferguson: 3 new combine models include MF 9520, with a 6-cycliner, 8.4-liter engine; and MF9540 and MF9560, powered by 7-cycliner, 9.8-liter engines, in line with the axial rotor for maximum driveline efficiency.
Fendt will show its 700 series tractors designed for row crop, transport and loader chores, promising 10 percent fuel efficiency improvements from former models.
Ag Leader has a crop sensor rate table, that will allow to apply chemicals at varying rates while on the go.
Ag Leader with a planter downforce monitor that can adjust planter downforce based on soil conditions.
Harvest International will be showing a new belt conveyer and grain auger, the TC 1542, that features a hopper design for complete clean out and low profile.
New Holland balers, models 330 and 340, produce 3-by-4-foot bales with better pickup and faster main drive gearbox.
Iowa State University will have its usual tent with displays and presentations explaining some its ongoing research projects include biomass production and processing, finding new ways to get information on scouting, identifying and treating diseases and pests to farmers and agronomists.
Speakers will include
Aug. 28: Mike Duffy, economist; Matt Helmers, biosystems engineer; Mark Licht, field agronomist; Alison Robertson, plant pathologist; Chad Hart, marketing economist; and Elwynn Taylor, climatologist.
Aug. 29: Emily Heaton, biomass specialist; Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist; Paul Kassel, field agronomist; Daren Mueller, plant pathologist; William Edwards, economist; and Aaron Saeugling, field agronomist.
Aug. 30: Mark Hanna, ag engineer; Jim Jensen, farm management specialist; Joel DeJong, field agronomist; Erin Hodgson, entomologist, Mike Owen, weed scientist and John Holmes, field agronomist.
In addition other Extension field specialists will be available to answer questions from vistors in the "Ask the Experts" area of the building.
Also, ISU will conduct three tours from the grounds from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to tour the nearby BioCentury Research Farm, the ISU Dairy Farm, south of Ames, and Reiman Gardens, in Ames.