With a narrow window before harvest begins, farmers from across the country joined with ag professionals from around the world at the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
The three-day event featured over 650 exhibitors showing off the latest innovations in farm machinery, seed genetics, and grain handling technology, in addition to a multitude of other vendors. Organizers planned for 150,000 visitors, and Show Director Matt Jungmann said attendance appears close to that number.
A number of lawmakers attended the event as well, meeting with constituents, local businesses and using the opportunity to simply to learn more about the state’s leading industry.
Back on the farm, many larger operations slowly began their harvest, while the rest of the state’s crops continue their march to maturity. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 1% of the Illinois corn crop has now been harvested, with 21% rated as mature. Only 5% of soybeans are rated as mature, but 73% are already changing color, which happens just before they are ready to be harvested. The third cutting of hay is nearing completion as well, with 73% of acres now baled.