By Amanda Macfarlane, Ag in Motion
The third annual Ag in Motion will offer Saskatchewan farmers more than 50 new exhibitors, a global launch of a new machine, never-before-seen demonstrations, more than 100 acres of crop plots and improved cellular service.
New exhibitors include equipment, crop and livestock companies, offering farmers more selection in products and services for their farming operation. A new street on the east side of the show has been added to accommodate these new exhibitors. Ag in Motion continues to grow in size to keep up with its exhibitor and attendee numbers, so the number of Meridian People Movers will be doubled and new routes will be introduced this year. Both attendees and exhibitors will be able to hitch a ride to and from the parking lots, as well as throughout the show site.
There is a strong field demo lineup, highlighting sprayers, combines and tillage tools. The new Ride ‘n’ Drive feature will be ongoing daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Demonstration Field, where approved attendees can take a self-propelled sprayer for a spin. This year’s Combine Demonstration is the first of its kind in Western Canada. This demo will line up six machines side-by-side to harvest a strip of fall rye. Next, manufacturers will line up their most ideal tillage tool to prepare a seedbed in the One Pass Seedbed Preparation Demonstration.
With more than 100 acres of crop plots from over 25 different companies, there’s nowhere else to see so many seed and crop protection options in one place in Western Canada. The companies who invest in these plots are giving farmers the best opportunity to compare options, have educational conversations and make the most informed buying decisions. New for this year, soybeans will grow alongside crops that are traditionally grown in Western Canada.
In addition to field demonstrations and crop plots, Ag in Motion will offer programming for livestock producers as well as an educational speaker series for all farmers.
Livestock Central, presented by BMO, has grown again to include a number of new demonstrations and the addition of “Beef Day,” a day dedicated to Western Canada’s beef producers. “Dairy Day” returns with the VIP Dairy Producer Brunch as its anchor event.
The Agri-Trend Knowledge Tent, presented by RBC, returns this year as another means for farmers to gain knowledge and expertise in business and agronomy. Succession planning expert Jolene Brown headlines the speaker series with an important presentation about “Top 10 Mistakes that Break up a Family Business.”
As exhibits, demonstrations, crop plots and attendance continue to grow, Ag in Motion is making improvements to infrastructure on the show site. SaskTel will install fibre optic cabling from the tower in Langham to the site to improve cell phone service. This means that any cell phone providers that roam on the SaskTel network will have reliable service during the show.
Ag in Motion takes place July 18-20, 2017, just 15 minutes northwest of Saskatoon in Langham. The Ag in Motion website includes planning tools like a demonstration schedule, exhibitor list, site map and the ability to create a personalized agenda, so you don’t miss a thing. Follow Ag in Motion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, or join the conversation with #AIM17.