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Drones to doors at farm show

Jon Fehr demonstrates his ultra-glide door system at the Greater Peoria Farm Show on Thursday / CIFN photo.

PEORIA – This year’s Greater Peoria Farm Show at the Peoria Civic Center featured a bit of everything for the farming community.

Adam Shaw, CEO and president of Maverick Drone Systems, was manning a booth on the arena floor Thursday afternoon with a large unmanned aerial vehicle parked nearby. This was the first time his drone sprayer was displayed.

“It’s got a three-gallon tank for chemicals and can be used on the edge of a field for fence lines you can’t really get to easily. Hillsides are really nice if it’s rainy or wet,” Shaw said.

The drone sprayer is also good for wineries or places with small fruit trees and plants you need to get to quickly. A battery runs for around 2.5 acres and the kit includes four batteries. Behind the scenes, a controller is used which allows the operator to create a straight line or other pattern in a field. The water-resistant unit indicates battery level and there is a button for manual spraying and flow control.

This was Shaw’s first time at the Greater Peoria Farm Show.

“We’ve done other Midwest shows before and have enjoyed them throughout the Dakotas.”

Maverick Drone Systems is a distributor of systems in the United States and focuses on aerial and underwater vehicles. More information can be found at and by searching for the company on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Jon Fehr, owner of I-Beam Sliding Doors of Chenoa, was busy promoting his new style of an ultra-glide track and trolley system. Fehr said his system is simple and easy to operate.

“We do all types of retrofit on existing buildings for any type of shed door that you need. We have crews all over the state that work on fixing old doors,” Fehr explained.

Fehr started in 2013 and has several customers who are pleased to see an upgrade in sliding doors. For more on Fehr’s company, visit their website at I-Beam is located along Route 24 in Chenoa.

The Greater Peoria Farm Show is the state’s largest indoor farm show with more than 150,000 square feet of ag exhibits. More than 300 companies at the show represent over 1,000 product lines and services and completely fill the Civic Center over three days. Those attending were able to visit with fellow farmers over complimentary coffee and rolls from Chevrolet.

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