By Ben Wolf
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Combine more than 1,200 exhibitors and thousands of people from farms across the country and you get the 2006 Sunbelt Agriculture Expo, and one thing is certain.
"Everything's changed. It's highly mechanized today compared to what it used to be," said farmer Ray Bowen.
Take the latest in GPS farming technology. This machine senses where farmers have already sprayed chemicals on their fields. When farmers go over an area twice, it automatically shuts off the chemicals from being sprayed again.
"That efficiency most all of the farmers have realized is costing them a lot of money if they are overlapping or if they're skipping," said exhibitor Brian Mathis.
Biodiesel fuel is also taking the ag industry by storm. Combine some vegetable oil and methanol and you have a fuel that farmers are starting to use all over the country. They can produce it right on their property.
"It's better for the environment. The emissions is much, much lower. The lubricity is better for your vehicle. The diesel engine runs better on bio than it does on petroleum based diesel," said exhibitor Greg Knox.
And even exhibitors and guests use some high-tech improvements at the expo itself. For the first time ever broadband Internet is available for free on the expo grounds.
The Sunbelt Ag Expo is open Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 until 4:00.