BY BRAD HAIRE
Farm Press Editorial Staff
IF YOU’RE LOOKING to ‘kick the tires’ on a new
piece of equipment, or want to see a piece of equipment in action that
you’ve never seen in action before, the Sunbelt Ag Expo field demonstration area is where you need to go.
Cody Mitchell, manager of the Expo’s Darrell Williams Research
Farm where field demonstration will take place during the three day
show, offers some guidance on what you can expect to see and how
to see it.
What can visitors expect to see at the field demonstrations?
Mitchell — We’ll have equipment that is harvesting soybeans,
cotton, and peanuts. And this year, for the first time in the 40-year
history of the Expo, we will be inverting peanuts. We won’t be harvesting corn this year, though.
We’ll have 8 to 10 different brands of hay cutters running side by
side, and we’ll also have 8 to 10 tedders, balers, and rakes running
side by side. Over the three days of the Expo, we’ll harvest roughly 80
acres of hay — and all that hay equipment running at once is something to see. It has become a big draw for visitors in the last few years.
Roughly 60 acres to 80 acres of cotton will be harvested over the
three days, and demos
of cotton harvesting
will take place three
to four times each day.
We’ll harvest about
50 acres to 60 acres
of peanuts during the
show, and those demos will also be three to
four times each day.
For soybeans, we’ll harvest about 20 acres, and those demos will be
Tuesday and Wednesday only.
We’ll have tillage equipment working in the field, showing how
it can cut through corn stubble, because that’s a good way to test
that equipment. You’ll also have an opportunity to see brand new
equipment, such as KMC’s stalk puller and double-fold field cultivator, operating in the field.
Who should go to the field demos during Expo?
Mitchell — Everyone! But certainly anybody who wants to see
up close and get a firsthand feel of how harvest and tillage equip-
ment and machinery work in a real-farm scenario. Whether you
are a farmer or not, it’s a good chance to see
these crops, and how they are harvested and
You can visit with company representatives
at the exhibit areas, and all are willing and able to answer any questions you have, so plan to talk with as many as you can. But know that
you can take that extra step — and get a courtesy ride to see action
in the field.
What you need to know to get to the field demonstrations:
The Expo runs a continuous tram system to and from field demonstrations all three days of the show.
Look in the Schedule of Events on pages 8-11 in this program
guide for the
exact times of
demonstrations you want
10 minutes to
15 minutes before the scheduled in-field demonstration starts. At the
demonstration, visitors are given time to talk directly with company
The tram station location is at the north end of the Expo grounds,
behind the Case IH exhibit area.
Sunbelt Expo field demonstrations let
you see equipment in action
See and test drive
In the market for a small tractor? Visit the compact and utility tractor
driving ranges, located in the field demos. There you can test drive trac-
tors from Massey, John Deere, Kubota and Yanmar, ranging from 30-40
hp to 40-80 hp. Some units will also be equipped with implements so
visitors can see how the tractors perform in a real farm setting.