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Dec 28, 2016 04:17PM

26th annual Q-C Farm Equipment Show coming Jan. 15-17

By Jonathan Turner
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Siblings Kylee, 4, and Dylan, 2, Fischer, of Grand Mound, Iowa, take a seat on one of the tractors on display at the Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Tractors and other farming elements were some of the items farmers got to examine and evaluate during the three-day show.
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The 26th annual Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show will take root again this month at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. More than 200 ag-related companies will fill all the center's available space for the show's three-day run, beginning Sunday, Jan. 15.

According to show manager Richard Sherman, "The emphasis this year will clearly be on the upcoming planting season. We believe that area farmers will turn out strongly to see and order what theyʼll need for planting," from equipment and seeds to soil treatments and fertilizers and more.

"Of course, (attendees) will also have the opportunity to talk finance and crop insurance."

A group of ag manufacturers, dealers and suppliers will be on hand to show off everything thatʼs new in the industry. For the third year in a row, Sherman says he's continued a policy of rationing space so that he could fit new companies into the show.

"We have had to tell companies who were returning that they would have to fit into a smaller space or else we would have to turn away good farm companies, which we did not want to do," he says. "By doing this, we were able to fit 21 new companies into the show last year, and another 12 in this year.

"Itʼs what keeps a show fresh and exciting each year for show visitors — not just new products from past exhibitors, but new products from companies who have never exhibited here before," Sherman says.

"From our experience at our recently concluded show in Indianapolis, which had itʼs largest attendance in years, we anticipate a very good show in the Quad-Cities."

Despite the devastation of the drought, farm income remains very high, and attendance and buying at the farm shows has exceeded past years, according to qccaexpocenter.com/farm-show-event.html.

"When the farm economy is very good and prices are high, you see more machinery, and they take up the bulk of the space," says Sherman, who has been with the show since its beginning. "When prices are low and money is tight, then you see the smaller companies rush to be in the show as they believe they have the products that will give the farmer the best possible return on his investment."

The heart of a show is still the equipment, he says, and the large move-in doors at the QCCA allow the required room to bring it all in.

"I think farmers know that no matter how tight money is," he says, "a day spent at the farm show is always a good investment."

Among the larger displays in the show will be the Case IH display; the New Holland display, by Kunau Implement; Agco; Blu-Jet, by Brokaw Supply and Tim Rogers Repair; the Salford display, by Dambman Service; John Deere, by River Valley Turf of Davenport; Martin Equipment; IIlini Sprayers and Fertilizer Dealer Supply.

The long list of vendors includes Calmer Corn Heads; FS Grain Systems; Friedman Distributing; Correct Truck and Trailer; Gingrich Enterprises — a first-time exhibitor showing seed tenders and scrapers — and Iowa Farm Equipment, featuring utility trailers, mowers and Deutz tractors.

There will be short-line representation and a mix of products including long line, seeds, supplies, technology, crop insurance, financial services and more, according to the center.

Parking and admission to the show are free. For more information, visit quadcitiesfarmshow.com.
Contributor Jonathan Turner is a writer on staff with the Dispatch•Argus•QCOnline.

If you go

-- What: Quad-Cities Farm Equipment Show 
-- When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 16; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 17.
-- Where: QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island 
-- Admission: Free parking and show admission 

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