Last week Ag in Motion, the relatively new farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, ran for the fifth time in as many years. Having walked the show site every year from the very first one until now, I have to say that next year I’ll be demanding he boss provide me with some sort of on-site transportation. That first year wasn’t too bad getting around the grounds to do interviews and look at machines. The total show area was smaller. But now, the 100 acres filled with 552 exhibits is another story entirely. I wore out a lot of shoe leather getting around the site this year.
It’s been a show that has become progressively better every year; and having attended more than a few farm shows on three continents, in my opinion it ranks right up there with the good ones. (Full disclosure: Glacier FarmMedia, the company that owns Grainews and therefore employs me, owns AIM too.) But I’m not writing this to suck up to the big shots in the company. It honestly is a good event. And I think it has the largest number of actual field demonstrations of any show I’ve ever attended.
Seeing machines sitting in a paved parking lot is one thing. Seeing them churn up dirt in anger is quite another. And I have to say, I’ve drawn some conclusions about what I would and wouldn’t buy from watching some of the demos over the past half decade. So if you were in the market for one of the machines on trial, paying the $20 gate fee to get in and see them work could possibly have prevented a pretty costly error in purchasing.
When I’m at shows or have just come back from them, one of the questions I am frequently asked is, did I see anything that caught my attention. My response after nearly every event I go to is yes. But it’s how many things did I see that would be the better question. Every show has something interesting, but when you get a lot of interesting things together in one place, that what makes a show good.
Although the major bands, Deere and the like, typically use U.S. shows to publicly debut equipment (although they have made some notable exceptions to that in recent years) regional shows like AIM are where you can expect to see a lot of introductions from short-line manufacturers in a variety of implement types. And if you don’t travel extensively like I do to be at those major brand launches, shows like AIM still offer early looks at the new major-brand machines as they start to make the rounds to shows across North America.
Most of the “interesting” things I see at shows eventually make it into the pages of Grainews. So if you missed the show, watch the that publication for some of the things we think were worthy of at least a second glance. I wish we could dump all of those articles out in one gigantic issue to get you the info quickly. Unfortunately, publishing schedules don’t allow for that. So keep an eye on your mailbox over the next few months for a taste of what was on display at the show this year.
Of course, those won’t be the only machinery tidbits we offer. We’re constantly looking across the industry for things, in both new and used machinery, that catch our eye so we can bring those observations to you.