See up-close demonstrations of equipment
B Y BRAD HAIRE
Farm Press Editorial Staff
CODY MITCHELL manages the Sunbelt Ag
Expo Darrell Williams Research Farm, and
offers some guidance on action that Expo
guests can expect to see in the farm fields
this year, plus how to get there each day of
What can visitors expect to see at the field
We’ll have eight 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 seeing
that many pieces of hay equipment running
at once is quite a sight.
John Deere will again have its popular
roller picker working, and during the Expo
roughly 80 to 100
acres of cotton will
be harvested. Dem-
onstrations of cotton
harvesting will take
place two to three
times each day.
about 30 to 40 acres
of peanuts, and those
be two to three times
each day, too.
New this year —
and we’re excited
about this — Blue
River Technologies will be running its
See&Spray system three times each day. This
is the system that uses precision technology,
artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics to
identify every plant in a field, spraying only
the weeds as it runs over a field. They’ll be
running the system over cotton and soy-
And we’ll have brand
new equipment, such as
Cotton Stalk Shredder, as
well as Salford demonstrating its tillage equipment in our cotton, corn,
and peanut fields.
Who should go to the
Anyone who wants to
see up close and firsthand
how harvest and tillage
equipment and machinery work in a real-farm
scenario. Whether you are farmer or not, it’s a
good chance to see these crops and how they
are harvested and handled.
How can visitors get to field
Expo runs a continuous tram system to
and from field demonstrations all three days
of the show. Look in this program guide for
exact times of the demonstrations you want
Trams to a particular demonstration
depart 10 minutes to 15 minutes before
the scheduled in-field demonstration starts.
While at a location, visitors are given time to
talk directly with company representatives.
The tram station location is at the north
end of the Expo grounds. Look for it behind
the Case IH exhibit area.