DES MOINES - People flowed through the doors by the score Tuesday morning as the 2013 Iowa Power Farming Show opened its three-day run.
Among the seven acres of exhibits was Brokaw Supply of Fort Dodge, which is showing off its new dealership; and Sukup Manufacturing, based in Sheffield, showing the company's latest farm equipment designs.
According to Phil Draude, precision ag manager for Brokaw Supply, introduced show visitors to the company's newest dealership: Soil-Max, a tiling machine manufacturer based in Brazil, Ind.
"This tiler is real easy to pull," Draude said, "and hooks up to any type of tractor.
"The design of the boot lays down a good flat tile."
Draude was joined by Soil-Max's Joseph Irwin, general manager of the Indiana plant. The company was recently purchased, he said, by Ag Leader, which has added its Intellislope Tile Control System technology to control the implement.
Ag Leader, based in Ames, was introducing the Intellislope Tile Control System at the IPFS, as well.
Irwin said the software is capable of surveying the field to be tiled, premapping the tiling pattern, then controls the tiler as it moves through the field, making constant adjustments. He said it replaces the laser method for tile work.
"It puts tile in at the right angle and the right grade," Irwin said. "Once you've used this, you'll never want to use lasers again."
Draude said Brokaw is covering Iowa sales territory west of Interstate 35 for Soil-Max.
Grain handling is still key for Sukup Manufacturing, a family-owned Iowa company celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Kent Craighton, territory manager for Iowa and Missouri, said Sukup is out to show existing and potential new customers that material handling is still the company's forte, with some extra products as well
The entire product line is manufactured 100 percent in Sheffield, Craighton said. In 2012, the company ventured into the steel building line, while also seeing improvements to its modular tower drying system.
Featuring the industrial inline centrifugal blower and its QuadraTouch control panel, Craighton said the structure is narrow enough for a farmer with limited space, even though it requires a new leg to get grain up to the tower's 50-foot height.
It can dry and cool 1,000 to 1,500 bushels of grain per hour.
Craighton said the monitoring system can be remotely accessed by the producer, plus it will also issue alerts if it spots problems.
Sukup's double-run conveyor system and a chain loop conveyor moves more grain, more gently, Craighton said, on less horsepower, than a traditional auger.
The system's heavy chain and ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene paddles will also last longer than an auger.
Sukup is also improving on its bypass inlet and incline conveyor system.
The inlet, installed below ground, now comes in three different sizes - 6-, 8- and 10-foot - which then feeds into the conveyor system.
The largest system Sukup makes has a rated capacity of moving 20,000 bushels per hour.
The Iowa Power Farming Show is an opportunity for more than 750 exhibitors from 29 states and four Canadian provinces to show visitors the newest, fastest, strongest and advanced products and services available to farmers.