The Nation’s Top Outdoor Farm Show Never Disappoints

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
By: Cory Wightman, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer, External Communications
Bayer Booth at 2016 Farm Progress Show

Farm Progress Show 2016 kicked off on a cool late August morning in Boone, Iowa. Event attendees poured in eager to see the show’s extensive array of information and technology for today’s modern farmers. We were excited to showcase our latest crop innovations and our deep commitment to the future of the industry.


Crop Science executives including Adrian Percy, Head of R&D, Jim Blome, CEO Crop Science NA, and David Hollinrake, VP of Marketing, were hands on at the event talking with media and growers about the state of the industry and where Bayer is headed.


Adrian Percy talks crop innovations at 2016 Farm Progress show
“For every $100 a farmer spends with us, we invest $10 in new innovations.”- Dr. Adrian Percy

Bayer CropScience CEO, Jim Blome talks to 2016 Farm Progress Show attendees David Hollinrake speaking at 2016 Farm Progres Show
“Through science, we look at unlocking the potential through innovation, expanding the yields and making our farmer the best he (or she) can be.” – Jim Blome
“We cannot be successful without understanding and connecting to our farmer’s needs” – David Hollinrake

Our latest crop innovations for corn, soy, and wheat showed growers their best options for controlling tough weeds, battling nematodes and preventing disease.


The next generation of America’s no.1 seed treatment is Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 Growers examine Soybean Cyst Nematode found on soybean roots
Coming soon! The next generation of America’s no.1 seed treatment is Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0
Growers examine Soybean Cyst Nematode found on soybean roots.


Growers sign up for a chance to win LibertyLink soybeans Credenz #SoyExcited corn hole board
Growers sign up for a chance to win LibertyLink® soybeans (or cottonseed) through the Real Yield Sweepstakes.
A new version of corn hole called soy hole! Everyone enjoyed a little friendly competition with Ed and Edna the Credenz® spokesbeans.

The AgVocate Wall returned for its second year at Farm Progress Show. What started as a blank canvas soon turned into a technicolor wall of AgVocate topics.


Farm Progress AgVocate pledge wall before signatures

Attendees joined the conversation by choosing a topic that mattered most to them and the future of the agricultural industry. Preserving our Water Supply (light blue) followed by Conservation of resources (dark blue) were the top choices.


Over 2,500 AgVocates signed the pledge wall
Over 2,500 AgVocates participated in the conversation

We also gathered a group of young #AgVocates to act as roving reporters for the three days of the show. Our AgVocates, all students at Iowa State University, gave a unique perspective to Farm Progress Show as they showcased their favorite exhibits and innovations from the event.


Iowa State University Cameron Jodlowski with biggest wheel in Iowa Iowa State University Kaleb Greiner and Kolton Greiner check out seed treatment innovations
Iowa State University Megan Olson becomes an AgVocate Iowa State University Carolyn Opperman is #soyexcited to learn about Credenz
Clockwise from top: Cameron Jodlowski finds the biggest wheel in all of Iowa, Kaleb Greiner and Kolton Greiner check out seed treatment innovations, Megan Olson becomes an AgVocate and Carolyn Opperman is #SoyExcited to learn about Credenz

Jeff Donald (@JeffDonald) gave us a look us outside the Bayer tent and went on a fun food tour highlighting some of the best meals and treats that you could find throughout the Farm Progress Show. As we followed along on Twitter, we couldn’t help but get some of those mouthwatering snacks for ourselves.


Bayer's Jeff Donald Farm Progress Show Food Tour - Barbeque Sandwich Bayer's Jeff Donald Farm Progress Show Food Tour - Pit-tatos
Bayer's Jeff Donald Farm Progress Show Food Tour - Donuts Bayer's Jeff Donald Farm Progress Show Food Tour - Ice Cream
Clockwise from top: Hickory Park Pulled Pork Sandwich from Bulldog Builders Food Court, Pit-tatoes® from Nelson’s Catering, fresh donuts from Dotty’s Donuts, Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup from Nitro Ice Cream

We kept the crowds buzzing all three days with the help of the Bayer Bee Care team! They invited growers and families to learn about the role of honey bees in agriculture and how we all can help Feed a Bee!


Iowa beekeeper Scott Martin stopped by Bayer Bee Care booth
Iowa beekeeper Scott Martin stopped by with a sweet gift of honey for the Bayer Bee Care booth

It was a fun few days in Iowa, hope to see some of you again next year!


To stay up to date on all of the latest from Bayer Crop Science, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Bayer4CropsUS.


AgVocate for modern agriculture logoAdvocating for modern agriculture is a role that all of us involved in the industry can fulfill. The AgVocate Facebook community is a place where those who are passionate about modern agriculture can come to meet and discuss the trends and challenges facing the industry today. Follow along with us on Facebook and join the group to engage in the conversation about agriculture, food production and innovation needs to feed a hungry world. Become an #AgVocate today, amplify your voice, and empower the future of our industry!


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