The 2013 Big Iron Show set for Sept. 10-12 in West Fargo will include exhibits, ask-the-expert session, presentations and demonstrations by North Dakota State University extension and research specialists.
The field demonstrations will focus on “Innovations in Planting Equipment”.
The field demonstrations are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. daily, beginning with a 30-minute education session by North Dakota State University crop and soil specialists discussing important aspects of planting corn, soybeans, cereal crops and pulse crops.
Following the education session, participating industry representatives will be asked to discuss their equipment and then demonstrate their equipment. Each company will have 5-10 minutes to talk about their planting equipment, and then will have an opportunity to demonstrate their planter or air seeder.
The second part of the daily field demonstrations will focus on NDSU’s newly formed soil health initiative. Six NDSU researchers and scientists who conduct soil health research and Extension Service efforts will use a soil pit as an aid to discuss the importance of managing land to improve soil health. They will discuss crop and range management strategies land managers can use in adapting to changes in climate, cropping systems and environmental situations.
Those involved in the soil health initiative include Ann-Marie Fortuna, research soil health assistant professor; Abbey Wick, Extension soil health assistant professor; Chris Augustin, area Extension soil health specialist; Naeem Kalwar, area Extension soil health specialist; Jasper Teboh, soil scientist; and Ben Geaumont, wildlife and range science research assistant professor.
The NDSU Bison Pullers, a student group in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, will demonstrate their quarter-scale tractor in a pulling contest. The Bison Pullers build a quarter-scale tractor each year and compete with similar groups at the Annual International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Ill.
NDSU Extension Exhibits
The NDSU Extension displays will be located in the entry of the Ag Building and will include agricultural displays staffed by NDSU and University of Minnesota Extension personnel.
Display topics include sub-irrigation, horse bedding, telematics in farming, handling late-season high moisture grain, and processing of energy beets.
Visit with the Engineers
NDSU Extension Ag and Biosystems Engineering specialists will conduct a “Visit with the Engineers” session daily from 10 a.m. to noon. The following individuals will be available to answer questions: Igathi Cannayen, front end processing of energy beets, infield bales collection strategies and economics, and biomass feedstock processing; Ken Hellevang, grain drying and storage, structures and building environment including energy efficiency, moisture and indoor air quality; John Nowatzki, agricultural machinery and precision agriculture; Shafiqur Rahman, animal waste management, animal bedding, and composting; Tom Scherer, irrigation systems, drainage, individual home sewage systems, farm water supply and treatment equipment.
NDSU and University of Minnesota regional and county extension personnel will be present to answer crop production questions.
NDSU Soil Health specialists will be present to answer questions on soil health and land management.