If you're on the way to the show now and viewing us on your smart phone, or if you're headed there yet this week, be sure to check out the displays of Indiana companies once you arrive.
Even though the show is in Illinois, it is still co-sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer. And perception aside it is actually closer to a good number of Indiana farmers that it was when it was held in certain areas of Indiana, especially at Rochester, LaPorte, Knightstown and Columbus. Don't let the idea that's it's too far away keep you from seeing one of the best displays of equipment and educational learning opportunities held anywhere in the country.
One central Indiana farmer says he will fly over, making it a very short trip. Even if you drive, it's a 3 hour drive or slightly over from the Indianapolis area. With three previous shows under their belts at his site, show officials do not expect traffic, parking and long lines of cars waiting to park to be a problem.
Good Indiana supporters of the show include CountryMark and Beck's Hybrids. However, other companies will be there as well, including Equipment Technologies, which makes Apache sprayers, and Banjo, which makes a variety of parts and suppliers for sprayers and spraying systems. The Banjo Corporation is actually located near Crawfordsville in west-central Indiana.
Stop by these and other Indiana companies and let them know you appreciate that they are there. They are helping continue the tradition of the world's greatest farm show. Obviously, they have products to sell, but many use the show as an opportunity to meet and greet their customers, and hopefully gain potential new customers in the process.
Farm Progress surveys taken during the show at random when the show is in Decatur, Ill., show that a sizable number of Hoosiers still attend the show. Major Interstates and easy access to the site help make it a short trip, especially for those who live west of Indianapolis.The show continues through Thursday, Sept. 1. Don't miss out on an opportunity to see your friends, many Hoosiers, and see some of the latest innovations in equipment and technology products. They'll all be waiting for you this week at the 2011 Farm Progress Show. Be sure not to miss it.