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Ag showcased in Peoria

(Doug Miller with Midwest Bio-Tech displays a product at the Greater Peoria Farm Show on Tuesday / CIFN photo)

PEORIA – The Peoria Civic Center is filled with ag displays this week during the 37th Greater Peoria Farm Show.

El Paso’s Linco Precision was among the companies showcasing the latest in ag technology. Precision ag specialist Caleb Stahl promoted a new grain management product which includes installing moisture and temperature cables in a bin for automatic fan control. This allows grain to be stored longer.

“We have definitely noticed more interest from commercial users and growers to have a better handle on their grain and be able to control it better so they’re not taking dockage when they take it in,” Stahl explained.

The product puts more information at the farmer’s fingertips, according to Stahl. Many growers run their fans blindly, not knowing what is inside a bin.

Linco’s Andy Waters outlined the numerous specials his company currently has, which includes money off a tool for both no-till and conventional planters that goes over rubber wheels.

Another special offer includes a trade program from the company Trimble which allows customers to trade-up an existing precision ag display.

“You can trade them in for unlocks on a new TMX 2050 display or a GFX 750 display,” Waters said.

At the Midwest Bio-Tech booth, farmers learned about enzyme products which can help improve biological activity in the soil. This allows for better use of inputs and a bigger bottom line.

“Anything you can do to help save a little bit on your input costs and make those inputs better – that’s what we are here to do,” said Midwest Bio-Tech vice president Doug Miller.

Miller said he always seems to have success at the Peoria show. His company has been there every year since it started and he considers it one of his best farm shows of the year.

Approximately 300 companies feature 1,000 product lines in over 90,000 square feet of exhibit space at the show. The event is the largest indoor farm show in Illinois with more than 20,000 farmers visiting annually.

Iowa State University agronomist and professor, Elwynn Taylor, presented the 2019 crop weather outlook and Central Illinois Ag served complimentary coffee and rolls each morning in the main exhibit hall.

(Our 2018-19 farm show coverage on the CIFN is brought to you by: Jenner Precision, RA Seeding Solutions and Vulcan Equipment)

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