The fall farm show season kicks off with the 2019 Farm Progress Show, which returns to Decatur, Ill., Aug. 27-29. This year’s event adds new features, exhibits and more to the show site, returning there for the ninth time since 2005.
Farm Progress Show organizers have a singular goal: to share the biggest, newest and best in agriculture with farmers and agribusiness, says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress director of trade shows. And in fact, the reach goes far beyond the U.S.; representatives from nearly 50 countries are expected to attend the show this year.
“2019 has already been a tough year,” Jungmann says. “The Farm Progress Show is the first chance to put 2019 behind us and get to work on making 2020 a better year. Enjoy a little time away from the house before the harvest starts and spend some time with people who’ve had the same battles you have.”
Largest outdoor farm show
The Farm Progress Show, billed as the largest outdoor farm show in the U.S., is known for its field demonstrations — complete with more than 300 acres of corn harvest, tillage and stalk baling demos. Like most of the Midwest, planting conditions at the show site were less than ideal this year. But corn went in the ground May 17, and Jungmann says it’s on track for a late-August harvest.
Take a look through this slideshow for some of the best highlights of the show, the information you’ll need to attend and what you can look forward to.