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The 'big iron' is back at Big Iron Farm Show

A new main entrance and new demonstration farm area are on tap for the 2022 Big Iron Farm Show, along with the return of Case IH equipment from Titan Machinery. The show opens on Sept. 13.

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Big Iron farm show had high turnout on its first day, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, North Dakota. A handful attended field demonstrations for the Raven Industries/Titan Machinery demonstration of an historic, new driverless harvest cart system. Photo taken Sept. 14, 2021, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, North Dakota.
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WEST FARGO, N.D. — The 'big iron' will be back at Big Iron Farm Show, coming up in September.

Titan Machinery , one of several equipment dealers to take a few days off from the annual show, will be situated near the north end of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds with their Case IH equipment, said Emily Grunewald, the chief operating officer of Red River Valley Fairgrounds, which puts on Big Iron.

The 42nd Big Iron Farm Show is scheduled for Sept. 13-15 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. 13 and 14 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15. 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.

Grunewald said that as of Aug. 25, all indoor booths for the show were filled, and the outdoor spots were filling up quickly, too.

“We’re going to be a pretty full show this year,” she said.

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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. There will be two main entrances at this year's show: Joining the east side entrance will be an entrance on the north side off of Main Avenue.

The demonstration area has moved this year to the far west end of the food court, as a corn maze and pumpkin patch are now at the old location on the south end of the ground. Autonomous grain cart demonstrations are on this year's schedule. Demonstrations are held throughout the day.

Health screenings will be offered daily at the Health and Safety Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A career day is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, throughout the grounds of the show.

Also on the schedule are discussions from people across the spectrum of agriculture at the Red River Farm Network's Issues and Events Center:

  • Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. — Weather outlook, with Eric Snodgress of Nutrien Ag Solutions.
  • Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. — How to create a succession plan and stay on track, with AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
  • Sept. 13, 14 and 15 at 1:30 p.m. — Market outlook seminar.
  • Sept. 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. — Land market: Managing through evolving times, with Farmers National Company.
  • Sept. 13 and 14 at 3:30 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. — Defending the legacy: Financial planning strategies for tax, legal, risk and wealth, with Marissa D. Nehlsen of Freedom Financial Group.
  • Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. — Conversations with the FSA administrator, with Zach Ducheneaux of Farm Service Agency.
  • Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. — Managing your operation and finances during high inflation and rising rates, with AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
  • Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. — Navigating supply chain disruptions on the farm.
  • Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. — What today's harvest means for grain futures, with AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

For more information on the show, visit bigironfarmshow.com .

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Jenny Schlecht is the editor of Agweek and Sugarbeet Grower Magazine. She lives on a farm and ranch near Medina, North Dakota, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at jschlecht@agweek.com or 701-595-0425.
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