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Machinery Pete: The winding road to Louisville

Agriculture.com Staff 02/15/2007 @ 7:51am

Little brothers.

Never easy to admit you're wrong and your younger brother is right, is it? It keeps getting easier for me as I get older though. Too much practice on my part. Little bro is a smart fella it seems; both my younger brothers actually.

Case in point, the National Farm Show in Louisville, KY this week; I was scheduled to fly into Louisville yesterday (Wednesday) to be on hand in the Successful Farming magazine booth through Saturday. Notice how I said "was scheduled".

Mother Nature intervened. A blizzard in Chicago knocked out my connecting flight along with over 900 other flights in and out of O'Hare Airport and bumped back my plans by a day. Now scheduled to arrive at the show around noon today (Thursday).

Little bro number 1?

He took off from central Minnesota a day early and along with a friend drove straight through and stayed a half step ahead of the storm all the way down to Kentucky. He made it on time, I didn't.

I still love going to farm shows. Something about walking up and down the aisles looking at all the shiny new machinery gets the blood pumping, doesn't it? Sometime Friday afternoon I'll take a little break from my time in the Successful Farming magazine booth at the show and I'll take a little stroll through the show halls.

I'll marvel at the size, scope and capabilities of today's modern farm equipment - simply amazing.

As I admire all the shiny new stuff and listen to the salesmen touting the finer points of their machines, another thought will run through my head... "I wonder what that thing will sell for in two, five, ten, twenty or thirty years from now when I see it (Lord willing) sell at auction?"

I can't wait to find out.

If you are in Louisville, KY for the National Farm Show Thursday afternoon, Friday or Saturday, stop by the Successful Farming booth and say "hi" to Machinery Pete. He will be connected live to his www.machinerypete.com web site to answer your machinery value questions.

Little brothers.

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