Corn Maturity Hampers Field Demonstrations

A cool and wet spring that delayed planting, followed by a cool summer, forces a change in 2013 Farm Progress Show field demonstration plans.

Published on: Aug 21, 2013

A cool and wet spring that delayed planting, followed by a cool summer, has forced the Farm Progress Show to cancel the field demonstrations normally held during the show. The 60th annual Farm Progress Show will take place Aug. 27, 28 and 29 in Decatur, Ill.

"Despite the best efforts of our host farmers, field demonstration corn planting was delayed due to the wet/cold spring; most of the corn was planted on May 15," said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager. "Had temperatures through June and July been average to above average, we would have had no problem harvesting corn in normal moisture ranges. Decatur is almost 200 heat units behind normal. According to WAND, a local television station, this summer is running an average of 11.4 degrees below normal and 17 inches ahead on rainfall."

BIG EARS: The Farm Progress Show staff pulled a few ears yesterday and reported the demo corn is at the 25% milk line. Host farmers anticipate harvest will start on the 96-day hybrids in a few weeks. From the size of the ears, theyre expecting 200-plus bushels, which is almost unheard of for short-season corn in Central Illinois.
BIG EARS: The Farm Progress Show staff pulled a few ears yesterday and reported the demo corn is at the 25% milk line. Host farmers anticipate harvest will start on the 96-day hybrids in a few weeks. From the size of the ears, they're expecting 200-plus bushels, which is almost unheard of for short-season corn in Central Illinois.

Record-breaking Crowds Anticipated
Forty acres of corn located north of the exhibit field will be chopped off prior to the show. This area will then be used for overflow parking and tiling demonstrations. Due to anticipated record crowds, Farm Progress Show organizers are anticipating the need for additional parking. Tiling demonstrations, organized by the Illinois Land Improvement Contractor’s Association, will also take place in this area. For a schedule of when tiling demonstrations will take place, check with the Information Booths on site. 

TOO GREEN: The harvest demo corn looks great. Only problem is the show starts next week. As a result, field demos have been cancelled this year.
TOO GREEN: The harvest demo corn looks great. Only problem is the show starts next week. As a result, field demos have been cancelled this year.

Equipment Runway Show
To satisfy all the field demonstration enthusiasts, a Runway Show will feature equipment from the field demonstrations. The Runway Show will be located north of the Annex and will include major equipment manufacturers such as AGCO, Case IH, New Holland, Claas and John Deere, and many more. Companies participating in the Runway Show will have an opportunity to talk about their machines in front of the crowd. Harvesting equipment will start the Runway Shows at 11 a.m.; precision equipment will take the stage at 1 p.m. and tillage equipment will wrap up the day at 2 p.m.

Expanded Exhibit Area
With a sold-out exhibit field and a new Annex, the Farm Progress Show will feature over more than 600 exhibitors — many first-time exhibitors. 

Plan to attend
The 2013 Farm Progress Show takes place in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 27, 28 and 29. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17, and free for ages 12 and under. Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available now on the show's website. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com. The full show program is also posted on the show website under the Visitor Resources tab.

There's a handy Farm Progress Show app for iPhones and Android mobile phones, available in the devices' respective app markets.

Mark your calendar for the 60th annual Farm Progress Show and, after you spend the day learning about the latest in ag technology, make your way to the fairgrounds (held Aug. 27 and 28) for the third annual Great Lakes Hybrids Farm Progress Show Shootout Tractor Pull or take in the country music concert headlined by Chris Cagle (held Aug. 28). The tractor pull and concert are not included in a show admission ticket. Full event information is available on www.FarmProgressShow.com.

The public is welcome at the show, tractor pull and concert events.