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The use of drones for both weed identification and spraying small areas will be shown during the Big Iron field demos.


The 2019 Big Iron Farm Show field demonstrations will focus on precision weed management.

The demonstrations will begin with an update of precision weed research at NDSU followed by demonstrations by major equipment companies of their precision field sprayers. The commercial sprayer companies will show how to prepare weed infestation maps of crop fields, and use the maps to demonstrate precision herbicide applications at the demonstration field.

The field demonstrations will also include commercial drones used for precision pesticide applications in field and range conditions.

NDSU Extension personnel will focus on precision weed management for each afternoon during the Big Iron Show on September 10 – 12. Demonstrations will be conducted daily from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the field directly south fo the Red River Valley Fair Fairgrounds racetrack.


Daily health screening at the Health and Safety Center during all three days of the Big Iron Farm Show.

The North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy is offering cholesterol, blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c, hepatitis C and blood pressure screenings during the Big Iron Farm Show. Fourth-year pharmacy students precepted by pharmacists will perform the screenings. Most screenings take less than 10 minutes and no fasting is necessary!

NEW – Hemoglobin A1C Screenings: $15

Hepatitis C screenings: $25

Cholesterol screenings: $20

Blood sugar screenings: $5

Blood pressure checks are free of cost.

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Speech-Language-Hearing Department, in partnership with the FM Sertoma Club, will be conducting free hearing screenings in a portable audio booth. Children and adults are welcome. They will also be distributing free information about hearing loss and free earplugs.

The N.D. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Rural Services are available to farmers, ranchers and people living in the rural community who are experiencing difficulties doing their job because of a permanent injury, illness or impairment. During the health screenings, free information will be available on services that may be provided through DVR.

Essentia Health’s partnership with the Big Iron Farm Show is an excellent opportunity for participants to receive valuable information about the warning signs of stroke and how to reduce the risk of stroke.

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