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Western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show getting bigger

Ag in Motion Show Director Rob O’Connor at a news conference May 9 announcing this year’s three-day event scheduled for July 17-19

Ag in Motion, western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show, is adding another 100 companies to its lineup for this year’s event. Continue reading “Western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show getting bigger”

Straight talk on succession planning at Ag in Motion

Over 200 attendees to a talk on succession planning packed into a tent for a session with expert Jolene Brown at Ag in Motion on July 19

As you approach Ag in Motion on Highway 16 West, a tent city comes into view, as if sprouted from the soil, the peaks of its pure white canopies pointing the way.

In one of those tents, on 5th Street just north of Saskatchewan Drive, speaker Jolene Brown holds forth on succession planning. She’s dynamic and funny. A succession planning expert, ‘Farmer Brown’ lives in the middle of corn and soybean country in Iowa, and has spoken all over North America and around the world.

Brown is no neophyte. She has helped 100s of families with their transitions and knows her stuff. She’s a communicator like few others. She plows in, slicing through the issues with humour and deadly accuracy. Continue reading “Straight talk on succession planning at Ag in Motion”

Latest technology showcased at Ag in Motion

Crowds head into Ag in Motion, held July 19 to 21
Crowds head into Ag in Motion, held July 19 to 21

Ag in Motion is a phenomenon. The massive outdoor agricultural show sprawls over 320 acres and may well be the stuff farmers dreams are made of.

The event is in its second year and surpassed expectations. After day one of the three-day event, show director Rob O’Connor said they got off to a great start. “The numbers look like we were about 50 per cent higher on our attendance figures and of course the show is just that much bigger as well; there’s that many more demonstrations for people to see.”

Approaching the site heading west on Highway 16, you see what appears to be a tent city just past Langham. Once you get to the show, you see that this temporary ‘city’ in a farmer’s field has street signs, shuttles from the parking lot and air-conditioned bathrooms – some comforts for show-goers. There was also up to 18 food trucks and a bar onsite.

Ag in Motion featured over 300 exhibitors, a number of sample crop plots and live outdoor demonstrations. In one straight-combining demonstration, a Jaguar combine took a swath from a crop, funneling the harvest into a large grain truck driving alongside, and leaving behind clean stubble.

“Most of the crop plots were planted between the middle of May and the first of June this year. We’ve had fantastic weather conditions and we’ve had just the right amount of moisture here at Langham. I think it really helped to make those crops look fantastic,” said O’Connor. “There’s a corn plot and the corn is already eight feet high. It’s phenomenal to see something like that.”

Crop plots provide farmers with real time information
Crop plots provide farmers with real time information

The show offered specific programs for people looking to meet specific needs. The demonstration program was focused around tillage and seeding this year. “We think that’s the equipment people are looking for, and the newer technology in some cases. It’s really been quite a success. Our crowds at those particular demonstrations were fantastic.”

O’Connor said a lot of people in western Canada don’t realize that a lot of the world’s best technology for dryland farming is designed right here in western Canada. We take it for granted because it’s right on our own doorstep. “We lead the world and we share that information with the world and it helps everybody do a better job to produce their crops. And you’ll see a lot of that technology right here at this show.”

He believes irrigation will become increasingly important to farmers and expects to see more of that technology in western Canada, especially Saskatchewan. The show will be increasing its irrigation programming in the future, he said.

In the crowds on July 19, the first day of Ag in Motion, were people on a bus tour from Quebec and a farmer from Nebraska. O’Connor said online tickets were sold to people from Australia, South Africa and Ireland. “That’s phenomenal being this is only our second year.”

But the main focus remains Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba farmers. They saw bus tours coming in from just east of Winn

Future farmers also enjoyed the show
Future farmers also enjoyed the show

ipeg up to just north of Edmonton. When he started working with this event, O’Connor initially anticipated attracting people from within a 200-mile radius.

“It’s great to see that we have such an impact and a level of importance to farmers across western Canada than we anticipated this early on with this show.”

Ag in Motion is already planning for next year’s show. They’ll look at any changes they want to make and what exhibitors might want them to do. They’ll talk to companies about crop plots – types of seeds or fertilizers or rotations.

O’Connor said an army of about 100 local volunteers just from the local area, offered incredible support. That included people like neighbour Wendell Elliott and his wife and others who watched the gates, watered the roads, manned information booths, drove shuttles and much more.