VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) - Everything new for farming in 2010 IS on display in Vermillion, South Dakota, at the region's biggest indoor farm show.
In its 27th year, the Dakota Farm Show showcases 280 exhibitors and nearly 1000 lines of products. It will bring in nearly 25-thousand people from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota during its three day run.
And the subzero temperatures didn't keep farmers away from the Dakota Dome. John Sampson, Dakota Farm Show says, "Crowds have been great today. I think everyone is a little afraid of the weather tomorrow so I think that's contributed somewhat. Its probably the best first day I can recall in 15 years of the show."
This is the first show of the new year and its generally where many of the agribusinesses unveil the hottest new products for the upcoming season.
Farming is a high tech business. It's most evident in the genetic advancements made in the seed business. In fact, this year for the first time ever several companies will be offering biotech corn for the 2010 season that will have eight different traits. Keith Mockler, Monsanto Agronomist said, "It gives us multiple modes of action for corn borer, corn rootworm, fall army worm, western bean cutworm along with two herbicide modes of action one being Roundup."
And the result of the Smartstax technology is another boost in yield. "The main advantage to the grower is that they can reduce their refuge acres and that can allow them to plant more biotech traits on each acre and their return is going to go up about 15 to 20-percent," Mockler said.
Another technology that looks like its straight out of NASA is GPS or satellite technology that allows producers to precisely place seed, fertilizer and herbicides only where the plant needs them to decrease input costs and increase production. Mark Anderson, Ag Leader Technology says, "Steering is going to be the main purpose for buying GPS, they're also utilizing it for auto row shut off on the sprayers and on the planters."
And to help place that herbicide in the right place on the field Hardi Manufacturing has a brand new sprayer that follows in the wheel tracks of the tractor and decreases overlap. Dave Fick, Dave's Repair said, "Any place on hilly ground or even on flat land to follow you around on the headlands and keep it directly behind the tractor."
Farmers can also apply new specialized fertilizer products that will help the plant better utilize nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus for plant growth. Dan Jensen, N-Rich Plant Food, Inc. says, "We're looking at more efficient placement of fertilizer. Instead of mass quantities we're using a minimal amount and placing it in the seed bed so there's more efficient use of the fertilizer."
The product helps plants get off to a better start and because it utilizes more of the available nutrients so yields are higher, while still protecting the environment.
The bottom line is that while these technologies are an investment for growers they will pay big dividends in the long run.