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Learning what’s new Agriculturally in Siouxland, Dakota Farm Show, Vermillion, SD

7 Jan

The past week I took a trip to Vermillion, SD to see what is new in the world of agriculture at the Dakota Farm Show here in Siouxland. At least what is new to me since I don’t farm, but grew up on one. I always find the advances in technology for farming to be fascinating. But I guess I was more interested in the transformation of the Dakota Dome, the sporting athletic complex which the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and home to the Coyotes or “Yotes” for short. The school’s football games and basketball games as well as track meets are held in the Dome.

This particular day there weren’t many students to be found, although to be fair, the spring semester had not yet started, and so those folk making “tracks” on the track were a bit older.

Three attendees take off on the track but are not competing in any competition while attending the Dakota Farm Show in the Dakota Dome at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

And there was quite a bit of diversity of product for area farmers and those involved in the agricultural industry to check out. With many, many booths covering the entire floor area along some machinery.

The floor area of the Dakota Dome is filled with agriculture products or related items at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Farm equipment and related items fill the floor area in the Dakota Dome at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Very similar to what one might find at a home and garden show, the concept being the same, just that the wares here help feed a nation’s and world population which is kind of amazing.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s agricultural roots, Vermillion, SD

7 Jan

This week there is a 3-day agricultural event at the University of South Dakota’s DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota, The Dakota Farm Show. The show packs in a few hundred exhibitors featuring all sorts of ag-related businesses and equipment, both large and small that farmers and ag producers in the Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota areas can attend and learn what is new and might be helpful in their production.

Like any event, I find it a fascinating place to people watch. Nothing slick, high brow or over the top, such your down to earth kind of folk who do the hard work that feeds this country and others.

One group of guys I met all live within 30 miles of one another in Nebraska and were hanging out and having a good time at the show as they wandered the aisles of stuff.

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Most all farmers and others in ag production wear caps. My dad as a farmer always wore a cap, and sometimes was admonished by my mom to take it off at the dinner table. But given the recent cold temps, a couple of the guys were possibly showing off.

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The DakotaDome at USD is an arena where the school’s sports, football, volleyball, basketball, track, etc., are played. It is large, and there were booths set up everywhere imaginable for those attending to see what is currently available. In talking to one ag support business I told him that my dad would never let me drive the tractor doing certain things like plowing or planting because I could not drive a straight line. The straighter the lines the more crop seeds that can be squeezed into the area to produce more crops and the potential to make more money. This gentleman told me that now there are systems that can even run at night with satellite imagery overlayed onto a farmer’s field so once the computer program is started the farmer never touches the tractor wheel and is guided through the field by the satellite image and the computer program.

When I was leaving I briefly talked to another vendor and said in passing it was a nicer day, not as cold or below zero for the moment. He responded that being able to stay inside is what made it a nicer day, which gave me pause to reflect that there are very few days that farmers and other people involved in the day-to-day ag business actually stay inside. And with the current brutal polar vortex that has descended on the Siouxland area, I only wished these guys had a five-day event rather than just three.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


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