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Colby racks up the miles for ag

A photo of World Ag Expo in California this week from Chad Colby.

Chad Colby of Goodfield has been spending the week talking to individuals from across the country about farm equipment while he travels the country himself.

The owner of Colby Ag Tech and contributor to “This Week in Agribusiness” with Max Armstrong is at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville where New Holland and CASE IH both rolled out new generations of their primary row-crop tractors. John Deere also released new tillage equipment and announced changes to its lineup of smaller tractors.

“I spent some time in the Good Year booth today with those fine folks,” Colby told The Central Illinois Farm Network. “I’ve just been talking to a lot of people across the country about farm equipment.”

Prior to attending NFMS this week, Colby visited the World Ag Expo at Tulare, California. The outdoor show, which is similar to the Midwest’s Farm Progress Show, has 1,500 vendors and covers 60 acres.

“With all of the specialty crops grown in California, it is a show unlike anything I’ve ever really seen.”

This show gets a large world press following since specialty equipment from places like Italy and Germany is used to harvest the many crops grown in central California. The action doesn’t stop anytime soon for Colby who will visit South Dakota next week for a speaking engagement.

Colby has been closely monitoring the latest in the pickup truck market which includes complete redesigns for Dodge, Chevy and GMC. The Chevy truck is turning heads with a different look and the new aluminum Dodge tailgate can hold 2,000 pounds and opens like barn doors.

“It’s that next level of technology that we all deal with day in and day out on the farm,” Colby said.

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