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Published February 15, 2012, 10:10 PM

Hundreds Pack Alerus Center For International Crop Expo

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - It was a big day for Red River Valley farmers as they learned about some of the latest and greatest agricultural products.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - It was a big day for Red River Valley farmers as they learned about some of the latest and greatest agricultural products.

Farmers were able to visit more than 800 exhibits at the 11th annual International Crop Expo in Grand Forks.

There are lots of new technologies to explore. The expo is one of the largest ag shows in the region.

It filled the entire main arena of the Alerus Center with overflow exhibits in adjoining rooms and outside.

People young and old gathered to see, touch and even taste the latest developments in crop technology

"A lot of people have already made their buying decisions for this year and they're looking ahead to next year," Chuck Lee with Summers Manufacturing Company said.

There is much to look forward to next season with advancements to make the lives of area farmers easier

"We're introducing some new technology that we have coming out in 2012 going into 2013. We're showcasing our tier 4 engines. We've got a new 30 series combine here coming out this year with the new engine so were pretty excited about the new technology," Kent Knodle with Case IH said.

"The 25 pin is a take off our of diamond disk but it offers a new shallow concave blade. We wanted to introduce a disk that didn't plug, so we accomplished that with that blade," Lee said.

"This is Spudnik's new version of the 6640 potato harvester. Some of the new developments we have on it is a swinging boom to take some of the guess work out for the truck drivers," LeRoy Hougard with H&S Manufacturing said.

If you're not a farmer it might all sound like Greek.

"We have a de-rigger that helps the farmer figure out leveling of the fields," Hougard said.

But explanations of the new technologies fell on eager ears. The Alerus was packed wall to wall

"The crowd so far this year is better than last year. I think the weather is the reason for that," Knodle said.

"Its' been a very good show. Obviously the weather has cooperated with us. Had a real good turnout," Lee said.

"Fantastis. It's been a good crowd lot of increase in equipment. Beautiful weather, can't ask for any more," Hougard said.

The expo continues Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both the show and parking are free.

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