Farm Progress Show 2018 started off with a bang on Tuesday–literally. Thunderstorms rolled through Boone, Iowa, causing the show to close for the afternoon around 12:15 p.m. But with two full days left of new technology, innovation and of course, mud, there was still plenty to see at this year’s show.
If you didn’t make it to Boone, no worries. Here are the things you don’t want to miss.
Easily the biggest buzz at FPS 18 was Mitas tires’ floating tractor. The New Holland was fitted with oversized Mitas tires typically used on combines and demonstrated over and over again how it could float through an 8-foot deep pond. The point being, if the tractor floats on water you know it must be gentle on the ground.
To showcase the coming together of Corteva and Pioneer in the Dow Dupont merger, a magician teleported a person 936 feet from the Corteva exhibit to the Pioneer exhibit for a new Guinness World Record.
The new Fendt IDEAL combine from AGCO features rubber tracks up to 36” to allow quicker, easier and more comfortable transportation while mitigating compaction. Its class 8 and 9 models boast an industry-leading 43.7 square feet of threshing area thanks to two rotators in a dual helix configuration.
Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, visited Farm Progress Show on Wednesday and discussed aid for corn growers as well as fielding questions on several other issues facing farmers.
And just for fun, be sure to check out videos of people struggling to get out of the parking lot after heavy rains on Tuesday and equipment showing its chops in the tough terrain.
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