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National Farm Machinery Show recap: day 1

Wednesday was the first day of National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of farmers flock to visit more than 900 booths of machinery and technology covering 1.2 million square feet. The annual trade show is the largest indoor farm show in the U.S.

This year many machinery companies focused on compact tractors and equipment for livestock producers. Several businesses have invested heavily to improve or expand their planting and seeding offerings.

Great Plains

Great Plains started the event by launching their new BD7600 Box Drills. The new line of large drills was designed with maximum productivity and efficiency in mind.


Todd Davis of AGCO has spent time with hemp farmers in Colorado and California to understand their machinery needs. He says when the Gleaner combine is set up to harvest milo, it does a great job harvesting hemp as well. A Gleaner S97 is on display at the show so farmers can have a closer look at the components that keep hemp flowing through the harvester.

John Deere

Ahead of National Farm Machinery Show, John Deere made four product announcements. The 1745 MaxEmerge 5 planter, ExactRate, and the 4M Heavy Duty compact tractor are on display in Louisville. The company plans to highlight the new C650 Air Cart at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

Case IH

In addition to Speed-Tiller, which the company introduced fall 2019, new tractor models were on display in the Case IH booth. The new Vestrum series is a 100 horsepower premium tractor with many of the same features as the popular Maxxum tractors. Case IH worked to fill a size gap in their Farmall Utility A Series lineup with three new economy models – 95A, 105A, and 115A.

360 Yield Center

Gregg Sauder gave presentations throughout the day in the 360 Yield booth. The company’s products, in various stages of development and availability, were on display for farmers to see, touch, and demonstrate.


Kubota revealed the new LX Series and two new models for the B01 Series. Both series are compact tractors. Also, the company announced the new M8 series tractors will be available through dealers beginning March 1, 2020.

Kubota M8 tractor doing field work
Photo credit: Kubota

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