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Thousands of farmers and ranchers attend the Big Iron Farm Show in September

The Big Iron Farm Show will have its three-day run on Sept. 10-12, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, North Dakota.

Billed as the region’s largest agricultural show, Big Iron offers a blend of machinery, products and services used in the industry, along with several educational opportunities pertaining to agriculture.

Every year there is something new and different at Big Iron, but most of the companies unveiling new items keep that news secret until the opening day of the show, according to show coordinator Emily Grunewald.

Daily field demonstrations are a popular feature that showcases some of the latest trends throughout the industry. This year the focus will be on weeds and precision spraying. That ranges from using aerial imagery to identify any potential weed problem to spraying small areas of a field for a specific weed, which can be accomplished with either ground equipment or from the air, using drones.

NDSU Extension will staff an education center in the front lobby of the Hartl Ag Building and will cover a wide variety of ag subjects. Red River Farm Network’s Issues and Events Center will highlight the latest ag news from the USDA, as well as marketing information, the long-range weather forecast and information on land values.

Many Big Iron visitors check up on their health at the North Dakota Living magazine’s Health and Safety Center and also make a donation of blood.

The North Dakota Trade Office began hosting international buyers during the Big Iron Farm Show in 2007, following a trade mission that brought several leaders from North Dakota agricultural equipment companies to Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia. Since the inception of the Big Iron International Visitors Program, the event has hosted more than 700 visitors from more than 25 countries. This year, members of the tour will visit the Casey and Jon Miller farm near Wahpeton before Big Iron begins.

On Wednesday, Extension staff will discuss various crops grown in the state, including: corn, soybeans, wheat and other cereal grains, potatoes and livestock. Those sessions, along with many more, will be conducted in the International Visitors Room in the Schollander Pavilion. During the final day of the show, part of their day will be spent touring either the RDO John Deere dealership or the Titan Machinery dealership.

Start out your Big Iron day on Tuesday and Wednesday with a pancake breakfast served by the Cass County Farm Bureau’s “Pancake Man.” Enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage in the third building west of the N building from 7:30-10:30 a.m., both mornings. A goodwill donation will be accepted.

Parking and admission to the Big Iron Farm Show are free and this is a feature that exhibitors particularly like.

“A couple years ago we offered our exhibitors a choice between having a small increase in booth rental prices or starting to charge for admission and parking, and the exhibitors chose the small hike in rental fees by a large margin,” organizers said.

A free shuttle service provides rides to anywhere on the Big Iron grounds and also out to the field demonstration area.

For more information on events or to check out the schedule go to the Big Iron website at

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