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Farm show to focus on technology

Mike Grime, of Unverferth Manufacturing, wipes down a Top Air sprayer in his display Jan. 8, 2013, at the Convocation Center in DeKalb for the Northern Illinois Farm Show.
Mike Grime, of Unverferth Manufacturing, wipes down a Top Air sprayer in his display Jan. 8, 2013, at the Convocation Center in DeKalb for the Northern Illinois Farm Show.

DeKALB – Drones and agriculture are not things you normally think go together.

That pairing is the topic of one of many sessions awaiting those who attend the 32nd annual Northern Illinois Farm Show, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Although the basic format of the show is the same as past years, farm show director Amy LaTessa said there are a few differences.

“There are some new sessions, and the [start and end times] are different,” she said. “Plus, we are extending the private pesticide testing for both days instead of just one, because it’s been so popular.”

Admission to the show, hosted by IDEAg Group LLC and local ag-related groups, is free, but parking is $5.

“January and February are really good for farm shows, because farmers can’t really do a lot in the fields,” IDEAg marketing director Samantha Kaplan said. “It’s a good time to look at new equipment and make plans.”

In the past, LaTessa said as many as 8,000 people have attended the farm show, which is billed as “the essential ag event in the Midwest,” although she noted attendance does depend on the weather.

Most attendees are from northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

Wednesday’s sessions include “Marketing Outlook: How Will Planted Acres Shift in 2014?” at 9 a.m.; “Ag Technology: From Drones to Phones and Other Neat Stuff” at 11 a.m.; “Soil Health and Northern Illinois Cover Crop Panel Discussion” at 1 p.m.; and “Weather Forecasting” at 2:30 p.m.

On Thursday, “Biodiesel: America’s Advanced Biofuel” will be presented at 10 a.m. and pesticide applicator license testing will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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