It’s a little difficult to compare the Agritechnica farm machinery expo to the kinds of regional shows most Western Canadian farmers are familiar with. Aside from the sheer scale of the event which featured over 2,900 exhibitors this year, Agritechnica is in a league of its own and runs every second November in Hanover Germany.
The Hanover Fair Grounds has around 30 mammoth exhibition halls that allow almost all of the displays to be indoors. Organizers say there are about 11 kilometres of carpeted hallways to walk if you want to see everything.
The show includes machinery from all around the world, so the diversity is mind boggling. Most of those brands now routinely schedule their really innovative technology releases to coincide with the show in order to make a global splash. And there are always a few concept machines on display that point in the direction of farm machinery’s future. That future seems, without a doubt, to be robotics.
The show also acts as an information exchange, with a large number of seminars and press conferences scheduled. There are also venues designed to simply allow people from all parts of the globe to meet and interact, and that includes making business contacts.
Grainews spent the full week on the show grounds taking in as much as possible in order to report back to our readers. Here’s a look at some of the displays that caught our eye. Watch for detailed articles in future print issues of Grainews.