Here’s an impressive bird’s-eye view of the 2018 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
Harvest demos ran as scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 28, before lightning in the vicinity caused the closing of the Farm Progress Show.
The sun rises Tuesday, Aug. 28, over the Farm Progress Show site.
The Farm Progress Show is an opportunity for farmers to interact directly with companies and get questions answered.
And no body. An autonomous tractor demonstration was held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Farm Progress Show.
Just inside the main gate, BASF welcomed Farm Progress Show visitors with a pollinator plot.
Visitors stopped to check out a mix of plants, all designed to invite pollinators.
Giant maps at the entrances helped visitors get their bearings.
Visitors to the combine demonstrations watched and recorded.
Farmers use the Farm Progress Show as a chance for preharvest conversations about combine heads.
The Iowa State Marching Band welcomed show visitors with a quick concert at the main gate.
The Fendt Ideal combine caught a lot of visitors’ attention, with some describing it as the Darth Vader of combines.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue stopped by the Sukup building for a quick speech on the Renewable Fuel Standard, alongside USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey.
Back in the Hospitality Tent, Farm Progress’ Max Armstrong interviewed Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Every year, the Titan Tire Auction raises money for FFA at the Farm Progress Show.
Every day of the Farm Progress Show, Farm Futures marketing editor Bryce Knorr offered a market update and analysis.
Although tiling demos were canceled Tuesday due to weather and Wednesday because fields were too wet, they ran all day Thursday.
Agco and GSI connected their exhibits with a catwalk this year, spanning across the street.
Mitas offered up a floating tractor this year as evidence of its tires’ ability to float over soil and reduce compaction. This was a first in the U.S.; the only other floating tractor demo prior to last week was held in Germany.
Farm Progress’ Max Armstrong and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue shared a moment onstage in the Hospitality Tent, where Perdue answered questions on the Renewable Fuel Standard, trade, tariffs, the farm bill and more.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue stepped outside the Hospitality Tent after his time onstage with Max Armstrong for a press “gaggle” — the official term for when the press can ask questions of a government official following an event.
Every year, the Farm Progress editorial staff divides the show into four quadrants and each of four editors visits every exhibit looking for new products. Shown here are New Products Team members Mindy Ward (left), Chris Torres, Curt Arens and Tom Bechman. You’ll find each of those products in the magazines starting in October.
Not quite 76 but still a lot! The Iowa State Marching Band brought their best for the opening ceremonies, sponsored by Wyffels Hybrids.
Here’s another bird’s-eye view of the Farm Progress Show on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
A crowd gathered in the Hospitality Tent at noon Wednesday, Aug. 29, where farm broadcasters Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson interviewed secretaries of agriculture from a half-dozen states, plus USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and, pictured here, USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey, a popular Iowa native.
Visitors could also check out cover crops at the show.
Before the rains fell, visitors crowded the streets on Tuesday at the Farm Progress Show.
Visitors talked balers and more at the Vermeer exhibit.
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Preharvest conversations centered on combine heads at the Farm Progress Show.
Visitors record field demos on all manner of digital devices.
Tuesday’s harvest demos drew large crowds, just before the rain fell.