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Big Iron 2016 show set to kick off

The 36th annual event will celebrate agriculture and showcase innovation

Organizers of the 36th annual Big Iron Farm Show are promising attendees “three days of agricultural advancements” during the annual three-day celebration of agriculture in Fargo, N.D.

This includes more than 900 exhibit booths, training sessions, equipment demonstrations and opportunities to see the latest innovations in agriculture. The Big Iron Farm Show showcases the newest agricultural products and services, while continuing the traditions that launched the show.

It runs September 13-15, 2016 on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, located at 1805 Main Ave. W., in West Fargo. The three-day event strives to educate farmers and ranchers from around the world about cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment, technology and services. Chat with other farmers and ranchers, visit with exhibitors and learn about the latest technology and products.

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Visitors will find other new innovations at the Big Iron Farm Show, as companies often unveil new equipment at the event. The field demonstrations this year will focus on side-dressing fertilizer equipment and educational sessions related to in-season fertilizer management, with educational sessions and equipment demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m. each day south of the Red River Valley Grandstand.

Along with the introduction of new equipment and technology, the 36th annual Big Iron Farm Show will include a celebration of rural living: North Dakota Living sponsors daily health screenings at the Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building. Another tradition is the Ladies Brunch and Style Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo. Plus, important farm issues will be discussed at the Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located in the Morton Building in the centre of the grounds.

Visitors are encouraged to use the Big Iron app that features event sponsors, schedules and the list of exhibitors to help get information from the palm of their hand. The app is available for download in the Apple store and Android market.

Big Iron field demonstrations

The Big Iron 2016 field demonstrations will be held daily at 1 p.m. at the demonstration site directly south of the Big Iron Show area.

The field demonstrations will begin with NDSU Extension educational presentations on in-season fertilization recommendations and methods to develop variable-rate fertilization maps.

Equipment companies are invited to demonstrate in-season fertilizer equipment for side dressing and top dressing crops.

Each participating manufacturer or retail representative will have time to describe and demonstrate their equipment.

Educational presentations

NDSU Extension Service

  • Side dressing fertilizer in corn;
  • Top dressing nitrogen in wheat;
  • Preparing in-season fertilization maps using active optical sensors and remote sensing.

In-season fertilization equipment demonstrations

  • Company representative discussions;
  • Side-dressing equipment;
  • Top-dressing equipment;
  • Cover crop seeding/side-dressing equipment.

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