Farm Science Review to Break New Ground

Published on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:05am

Exhibitors and show-goers alike will Break New Ground at this year’s 51st annual Farm Science Review, reveling in the latest technology, equipment and innovations in the agriculture industry. “Last year for the 50th anniversary of the Farm Science Review, we celebrated the milestone by reflecting on the storied past and the rich history of the show,” said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review Manager. “This year, we’re focusing on the future of our industry and how we can better prepare farmers for the opportunities and challenges ahead.”


The 2013 Farm Science Review will run Tuesday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, an 80-acre exhibition area two miles north of London on U.S. 40 in Madison County, Ohio. More than 130,000 attendees will peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, including farming-favorites John Deere, Case IH and others. 


  This year’s theme of Break New Ground will be showcased through various demonstrations and presentations during the three-day event, beginning with two scheduled appearances on Tuesday by the Peterson Farm Brothers, the agriculture industry’s equivalent to the Jackson 5. Their popular farming-themed parodies “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” “Farmer Style” and “A Fresh Breath of Farm Air” have received millions of hits on YouTube and help to connect farmers to consumers.


“With their groundbreaking visual communication techniques to tell the story of American Agriculture, the Peterson Farm Brothers represent the epitome of this year’s theme,” Gamble said. “Their presentations will be a great opportunity for farmers of all ages to learn how to communicate the essence of agriculture to individuals who didn’t necessarily grow up on a farm.”


Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) used in precision farming efforts made their debut at last year’s Review and will be present again this year. Aerial demonstrations of the UAS technology will be held each day of the show at 2 p.m. to educate attendees on the capabilities of the technology and its potential impact on global food needs. The use of UAS in farming operations offers advantages in the areas of bare ground and soil drainage, crop scouting and plant fertility to different groups within the agriculture industry, including farmers, buyers in the market and the United States Department of Agriculture, according to Gamble.


“It is a well-known fact that agriculture around the world will be expected to feed 9 billion by the year 2050,” Gamble said. “The Farm Science Review has been a supporter of UAS technology from day one because we understand the value it will add to our industry and to individual operations.”


The Molly Caren Agricultural Center is also breaking new ground, literally, with the addition of a new self-forming drainage ditch on-site. This innovative approach, called self-forming channel design, can be used to address drainage needs that are essential for crop production and may also preserve important water resources. In the long-term, this project will increase awareness of the practice through education at the Review, a venue ideally suited to demonstrate the channel design.


Per tradition, the Review’s sponsors - The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; OSU Extension; and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center - will offer a wide variety of educational programs and exhibits. OSU will present many educational programs throughout the show covering a wide array of farming needs, such as the reality of Congress passing the Farm Bill, and agronomic practices like the use of cover crops and gypsum and shale gas exploration. The Gwynne Conservation Area alone boasts 31 speakers on 36 topics related to natural resource programs. The Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association will also return to demonstrate the best practices in field drainage.


“No other farm show that I am aware of has this type of dynamics in field demonstrations,” said Gamble. “Our crops are right on schedule to harvest mid-September.”


The latest and greatest in farming machinery will be on-site to give attendees a firsthand look at the equipment’s capabilities as the Review’s corn and soybean crops are harvested. Field demonstrations will be held daily to showcase new machinery and equipment, as well as new and innovative farming techniques.