Farmers will dream big at this year’s Farm Science Review, which promises to offer visitors a number of new technologies and advantages to improve on-farm profits.
While more than 600 exhibits and dozens of seminars will appeal to a wide array of interests, Farm Science Review Manager Chuck Gamble recommends 10 exhibits and topic areas nobody should miss:
* BaseCamp Leasing: This Indiana company works with farmers to lease hunting privileges, resulting in a win-win situation for both farmers and hunters.
* HAPI-Ohio: Based in Marysville, Harmony Agricultural Products in Ohio works to create value-added opportunities for farmers who raise food-grade soybeans for the Japanese tofu market
* Grain Merchandisers: All of the players in the Ohio market have a presence at the Farm Science Review, including major corporations and cooperatives that cover all areas of the Buckeye State.
* Biofuels, Exhibits and Demonstration Plots: Extension educators will be available in the plot area to discuss the production of oilseeds for biofuel production and answer questions about raising grain crops for the ethanol and biodiesel markets.
* Ford Motor Company, 699 Swine Avenue: For the first time, Ford Motor Company will exhibit at the Farm Science Review to showcase its line of commercial pickup trucks for farm use.
* Cover Crops, Demonstration Plots: Learn about selection and planting, and ask questions of Extension educators in the demonstration plot areas.
* Residue Management, Field Demonstrations: Five different combines and three unique corn heads will demonstrate residue management. See John Deere, Case IH, AGCO, Caterpillar and New Holland combines in action, along with unique corn heads from Geringhoff, Dragotec USA and CressCo USA.
* Twin Rows, Field Demonstrations: On Wednesday, field demonstrations will showcase harvesting twin row corn.
* Vertical Tillage, Field Demonstrations: See vertical tillage equipment in action as companies work to advance residue management technology.
* Quarter Scale Tractor Pull: The tractor pull is scheduled after the show closes on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. (rain date Wednesday). About 40 entries are expected. Admission is $5 in addition to your Review admission. The Fall Classic is sponsored by The Ohio State University Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Team and sanctioned by The Ohio Garden Tractor Pullers Association.
Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts more than 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to browse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.
Advance tickets are available for $5 at local agribusinesses and any OSU Extension office, or $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, go to http://fsr.osu.edu