There’s always something new to see at the New York Farm Show, but it’s what returns year after year that really keeps the show ticking.
Think hot beef sundaes, equipment vendors, forestry seminars — and show manager Scott Grigor, who’s been organizing the event for 25 years.
“I have a lot of fun putting this together and seeing everything come together with all the planning,” said Grigor, who will roll out the 27th edition of the New York Farm Show Feb. 23-25 at the New York State Fairgournds in Syracuse.
Three-quarters of his show help, from staff to forklift operators, returns year after year, too.
“That is my success,” he said.
That and the show’s strong emphasis on agriculture, whether it’s a New York Beef Council program on halter breaking calves or a seminar on how to thin your sugarbush.
New York Beef Producers and Cornell University experts will again host daily, half-hour minisessions designed to bolster beef profits.
Free forestry workshops for farmers and woodlot owners also will be offered daily courtesy of the New York Forest Owners Association, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Real time kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation systems will be the topic of a Friday, Feb. 24, program reviewing their usefulness in manure applications as well as zone-till and strip-till corn.
Rich Wildman, CEO of Agrinetix, a Rochester, N.Y.-based precision ag consulting company, will lead a program that will share first-year results of extensive on-farm trials of precision placement of strip-till planting and manure applications.
Among the familiar sights at the show will be 4-H members, who will serve as greeters and sell hitch pins at the ticket entrances as a fundraiser. The pins are $5 each or five for $20.
The FFA and FFA Alumni will conduct their annual Friday night toy auction, starting at 5 p.m. Members of the FFA state officer team assist with the auction of more than 200 farm toys.
Visitors to the show can also take in the latest technology, including robotic milking displays by both DeLaval and Lely.
“It’s finally clicking,” Grigor said of robotic milking. “It was a hot topic before, but there’s a lot of people going after it this year.”
New to the show this year will be an exhibit by the Canadian firm Energrow, whose oilseed pressing system enables producers to make their own feed and fuel. The company will be deep-frying french fries with its oil, Grigor said.
Also making its New York Farm Show debut will be the world’s first self-propelled forage merger by Oxbo International Corp.
But while new trends draw attention, the bread and butter of the show are the exhibitors that return year after year, Grigor said. This year’s show will include nearly 425 commercial ag exhibits.
“The exhibitors are mainly the same. You just treat them like first-class customers,” he said. “The basic ones that are 100 percent ag are always back. ... We push an ag show.”
Show hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Tickets are available free from Northeast equipment dealers. Admission is $5 at the door and free for children under 18. Free parking and bus shuttles are available.
For more information, visit www.newyorkfarmshow.com.
New York Farm Show is co-sponsored by the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and American Agriculturist Magazine.