New technology aimed at making farming faster and more efficient will be among the biggest draws when the 36th annual Western Canadian Crop Production Show opens next week.
“We’ve got machines in the field that run themselves, really, by computer — there’s just so much new technology right now and it’s changing radically,” said show organizer Lori Cates.
The show kicks off Monday at Prairieland Park, and runs through Jan. 17. Cates — the facility’s manager for agriculture — said 20,000 visitors are expected provided the weather holds.
Those visitors will be able to visit 1,067 booths staffed by representatives from 344 different agriculture-related companies, which is about as many as can fit inside the sprawling facility.
“It’s as big as it has ever been … It takes every square inch of space that we have in the park,” Cates said.
While exhibitions at the show typically cover every facet of modern crop production, from agricultural equipment and pesticides to grain handling and transportation, Cates said technology will likely dominate.
That includes presentations on using data collected during farming, how to use digital sensors in modern agriculture and how one farmer translates that data into better decisions out in the field.
“The world of agriculture is changing,” she said.
What isn’t changing, however, is the venerable trade show’s popularity, which Cates attributes to the value of having an opportunity to examine equipment in person and meet face-to-face with experts.
“They want to see it and touch it and feel it; they don’t want to look at a picture of it on the computer.”
The show is part of Saskatchewan Agriculture Week, which also includes the Cropsphere Conference, which runs at TCU Place.
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