Farm trade shows can be a fun way to network, expand your knowledge, and learn ways to improve your farm operation.
CropCare offers the following tips to help you get the most out of the 2017-18 lineup of trade shows. Go prepared so you get the most out of it.
Research & Mobile Apps
Look online for the trade show event(s) you plan to attend. See if there is an event map available, especially one that includes a list of participating trade show vendors and their display locations. Plot your course.
Some events have mobile apps specifically designed for trade show events, which can help you view a show map, mark booths to see, view the contacts/sales reps who will be at each booth, and get contact information for vendors. You can also learn about workshops and discounts more easily.
SE Regional 2017, the official mobile app for the 2017 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, lets attendees explore sessions, develop their own personal schedules, access speaker information, and post and view popular discussion topics and show-related photos.
CropCare offers the following tips to farmers for remaining profitable this year:
Have a farm financial plan in place that projects an estimated crop income and expenses (including labor costs and equipment maintenance). In years with above average crop prices, try to save 20% of your revenue for lean times.
Precision agriculture can help monitor crop yield, track crop variations, levels of fertility, and more. This comprehensive list is a helpful guide to precision ag terminology and advantages. Keep records each year to determine profit flux and the possible reasons for them.
Get the most life out of your equipment investment. Take care of the equipment you already own, with proper and routine maintenance, as well as proper storage. See our December Post
Apply nutrients and pesticides efficiently, and not before conducting a soil test. Knowing what is needed can help you avoid spraying too much (a waste of money and product) or avoid spraying too little (resulting in a lower crop yield).
Lastly, consider diversified operations, whether by growing different crops, offering storage to others, providing agritainment, etc. See diversification suggestions from Penn State Extension.