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Farm Progress Show Preview
Pressure washers put in long hours during the Farm Progress Show, and the baths actually begin well before the event kicks off.
"We like to keep it looking good," Gary Wallander, Product Support Coordinator for Landoll said. "It's just like anything else. We want to make sure that our product is in fine condition when the customer does come to look at it. We want to have it clean and neat so that when he looks at it and sees why it's the price that it is."
There's a fairly simple reason why Landoll hauled the now spotless equipment from Marysville, Kansas.
"This is the premier show for the outdoor displays all around the country," Wallander said. "And being that our country provides and produces the equipment that these folks use in this part of the country, we want to go the extra mile to make sure they get to see everything we produce."
Just down the street, Case IH is showing off their new Magnum tractors with their CVT transmissions.
"You just pretty much push the lever and it goes," Marc Pomerantz said. "You don't have to shift gears, you don't have to worry about what gear you're in. Maybe two or three different shifting positions to know. You just push it forward and it goes for you."
All these companies are here to get their products in front of the farmers who will fill these streets next week.
"You know this is a huge gathering place for our growers," Doug Mertz of DuPont-Pioneer said. "And our customers and prospects from not only 100-mile radius from Decatur, but all over the United States. I think there's people from 48 states that come here as well as 30 countries."
The show is more than simple product displays. Case IH will have close to 200 experts on hand to talk about their equipment, and some vendors like GSI hope to educate their customers on how to use their products.
"It's been such a wet spring," GSI's Melissa Miller said. "During harvest, conditioning is going to be really important this year, so we're going to have classes with a university professor talking about conditioning and drying grain, and things like that."
But a farm progress staple, the field demonstrations, won't be happening at this show because the crops are still way too green.
"That has been a challenge all year," Farm Progress National Events Manager Matt Jungmann said. "And unfortunately Mother Nature has not seen fit to give us enough heat units, to bring the corn along, so we won't be doing any harvesting, or tillage."
But there will still be plenty to see, with 75 more exhibitors' spots than the last time the show hit Decatur.
"The show is physically bigger," Jungmann said. "About 1,300 acres bigger, about 13 acres bigger than it's ever been before. And I think we're setting a high water mark every year with the expansion of the facility. We've completely filled the area inside the fence, and now expanded outside the fence to create an annex are for everyone that's new, and wasn't with us in 2011."
That means there's now more than 4 million square feet of display area to get ready by Tuesday.
Reporting in Decatur, Mike Brooks, ABC NewsChannel 20.