This year's Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show may be the biggest in its 22-year history.|
More than 200 agricultural companies will fill the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Farmers will find a wide variety of ag manufacturers, dealers and suppliers on hand to show everything thatʼs new in the industry.
"Of course, they will also have the opportunity to talk finance and crop insurance, especially after last year's drought," show manager Richard Sherman said.
"I'm not a farmer," he said, "but I think the emphasis this year will be on the upcoming planting season. I think area farmers will turn out to see, and order, what theyʼll need for planting, from equipment, to seeds, chemicals, soil treatments and fertilizers.
"For the third year in a row, we have continued our policy of rationing space so that we could fit new companies into the show," Mr. Sherman said. "We have had to tell companies who were returning that they would have to fit into a smaller space or else we would have to turn away good farm companies, which we did not want to do."
Reducing the amount of display space last year made room for 21 new companies in the show. This year, Mr. Sherman said they went back to the drawing board and made room for another 12.
"Itʼs what keeps a show fresh and exciting each year for show visitors," he said. "Not just new products from past exhibitors, but new products from companies who have never exhibited here before."
Mr. Sherman said a recent farm show in Indianapolis had its largest attendance in years, and he expects to see the same thing in the Quad-Cities.
"Even with the drought last year, farm income remains very high, and attendance and buying at all of the farm shows has exceeded past years," Mr. Sherman said. "People from this yearʼs show will see what is undoubtedly the best product show in our history."
The largest displays again will be from Case IH, New Holland by Kunau Implement, a large Agco display, the Blu-Jet display by Brokaw Supply and Tim Rogers Repair, the Salford display by Dambman Service and the John Deere display by River Valley Turf of Davenport.
There also will be displays by Martin Equipment, IIlini Sprayers and Fertilizer Dealer Supply,Vernʼs Farm Systems, Yarger Machinery Sales, Wingfield Manufacturing, VandeVoorde, Z & J Equipment, Hardi Midwest, Calmer Corn Heads, FS Grain Systems, Friedman Distributing and Correct Truck and Trailer.
First-time exhibitors Gingrich Enterprises will have a large display of seed tenders and scrapers, and Iowa Farm Equipment will feature utility trailers, mowers and Deutz tractors.
"I think we have good short-line representation," Mr. Sherman said. "There's a very good mix of products including long line, seeds, chemicals, supplies, technology, crop insurance, stoves and financial services. Area farmers are going to see a very good show."
Admission and parking are free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, visit www.quadcitiesfarmshow.com.