Before you get busy with spring seeding, there’s still time to make your travel plans so you don’t miss two great farm shows this year.
First, make sure you schedule time on your calendar to get to Ag in Motion. Ag in Motion is Western Canada’s (relatively) new, outdoor show run by Glacier Media (which owns Grainews). This summer, Ag in Motion runs from July 16 to 18. It’s just a short trip northeast of Saskatoon on Highway 16. Getting to Saskatoon is a relatively easy trip for most Grainews readers, especially in July when we can be reasonably certain of not running into a blizzard.
Ag in Motion is your chance to see machinery outside, where there’s space to put some pieces to work in the adjacent field. It’s also a great opportunity to see some crops growing right on site. Never seen hemp or fababeans? This could be your chance. Our outdoor site is big, but Glacier does have shuttles running around the grounds on a regular basis, so you don’t have to walk all day.
An outdoor farm show has a different vibe than an inside show. A bit too much sun and some dust on your shoes at the end of the day makes the experience more authentic. And, of course, you’ll have a chance to meet up with me, Scott Garvey, and Lee Hart to talk about Grainews.
If getting outdoors isn’t enough for you, and you’re looking for an entirely different farm show vibe, why not try a trip to Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany? This is an indoor farm show, but it’s not like any farm show you’re going to see in Canada. It has a very international flavour, with exhibitors from 52 countries and visitors from 130 countries. Sure, not everything you’re going to see on display is going to be available in Canada or a good fit for a large-scale Prairie grain farm, but it’s still pretty exciting to see so much ag technology all in one place. (And don’t worry, everyone you’ll want to talk to will speak English.)
Agritechnica runs every second year. This year’s dates are November 10 to 16.
If making your way from the airport to the show on your own isn’t for you, come along with us. Scott Garvey and I have been working with Calgary-based Leader Tours to organize a tour that includes two days at the farm show, then a mix of touristy sightseeing and agricultural stops. We’ll have a comfortable bus to take us from Hanover to Munich, with a stop in Heidelberg. We’ll visit a BASF factory, and John Deere and Fendt factories. There will be two castles, and ample amounts of local food.
The photo at the top this page is from the 2017 tour — our first trip to Agritechnica with Leader Tours. The itinerary was a little different in 2017. In 2019 the trip will end in Munich, so we can spend some time in the Black Forest and spend most nights in smaller, picturesque German towns. This year’s tour runs from November 8 to 19.