WEST FARGO, North Dakota — This year's Big Iron Farm Show will feature an autonomous grain cart demonstration.

The 41st Big Iron Farm Show is scheduled for Sept. 14-16 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. The show, at 1805 Main Ave. in West Fargo, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 15 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 16. Entry to the show is free, as is parking. Big Iron will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather, depending on its severity, could delay or close the event.

People check out beet harvesting equipment at the 2020 Big Iron Farm Show, the 40th in the show's history. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
People check out beet harvesting equipment at the 2020 Big Iron Farm Show, the 40th in the show's history. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
Every year, more than 60,000 attendees come to Big Iron to see demonstrations, visit exhibit booths, connect with their peers and attend training sessions.

Field demonstrations, to be held south of the All Finish Concrete Grandstand, will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. daily. John Nowatzki, retired North Dakota State University Extension Service machine specialist is still part-time on some NDSU projects, and again this year is organizing the Big Iron field days. The demonstration this year features an autonomous grain cart involving technology from Titan Machinery and Raven Industries. The company’s web description of its Driverless Ag Technology promotes it as delivering easy-to-implement autonomous farm solutions. they help the farmer maximize time, safety, and efficiency as the equipment does more of the heavy lifting. OMNiDRIVE is the first driverless ag technology for grain cart harvest operations and can be integrated into existing equipment.

The first day of the 2020 Big Iron Farm Show had smaller crowds than most years, but still steady traffic through the show. (Jenny Schlecht / Agweek)
The first day of the 2020 Big Iron Farm Show had smaller crowds than most years, but still steady traffic through the show. (Jenny Schlecht / Agweek)
Also on the schedule are discussions from people across the spectrum of agriculture:

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  • Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.: Farm Policy Perspectives, featuring Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.: What's New in the Markets?, featuring Katie Tangen of AgCountry Farm Credit Services. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m.: Market Outlook Seminar, featuring Tommy Grisafi of Advance Trading, Jacob Burks of Kluis Commodity Advisors, Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m.: The New Normal: What's Next for the Land Market?, featuring Farmers National Company. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.: A Conversation with USDA, featuring invited USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m.: Farm and Ranch Retirement & Estate Planning: A Look Inside the Planner's Toolbox, featuring Bobbi Sundreal and Russ Tweiten, Ag Country Farm Credit Services. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m.: Market Outlook Seminar, featuring Betsy Jensen of Northland FBM, Naomi Bloh of Total Farm Marketing, and Kristi Van Ahn of Van Ahn & Company. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m.: The New Normal: What's Next for the Land Market?, featuring Farmers National Company. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.: Weather Outlook, featuring Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.: Current Crop Conditions — What You Need to Know, featuring Joel Lysne of Ag Country Farm Credit Services. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.
  • Sept. 16, 1:30 p.m.: Market Outlook Seminar, featuring Randy Zimmerman of West Central Ag Services, Randy Grabanski of Progressive Ag, and Don Roose of US Commodities. Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center.

The Big Iron Farm Show was unable to offer its usual health screenings this year, but it did showcase some exhibits on farmer health and safety. (Noah Fish / Agweek)
The Big Iron Farm Show was unable to offer its usual health screenings this year, but it did showcase some exhibits on farmer health and safety. (Noah Fish / Agweek)
Health screenings will be offered daily at the Health and Safety Center in the Horticulture Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can give blood at the Vitalant of the Dakotas Bloodmobile, in front of the Butler Machinery Arena, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Big Iron events and exhibits cover more than 200 acres of ground. Golf carts can be rented through All Season Motorsports, Booth 1800, or by calling 701-282-2336. If you are bringing your own golf cart, a golf cart license must be purchased for $25. Free shuttle service throughout the grounds will be provided.