QC farm show helps farmers prepare for upcoming growing season

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Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean the world of farming comes to a stop.

WHO reported that Dave Struthers, who has a farm in Collins, Iowa, spends most of his frigid months planning for planting season.

Struthers analyzes future crop prices, weather forecasts, and data that he has collected.

“The more data we collect, sometimes the more questions we come up with. We make maps based upon yield upon harvest with our combines,” Struthers said.

Struthers has been farming for three decades and in 2014 has tentative plans to grow corn and soybeans.

For the farming off-season various farming shows appeal to farmers like Struthers, as well as members of the community.

In late January the Iowa Power Farming Show will be held in Des Moines. The Quad Cities has its own show, the 2014 Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show which will be held at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. It will be open to the public Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, January 19, 20, and 21.

“The emphasis this year will clearly be on the upcoming planting season. We believe that area farmers will turn out strongly to see and order what they’ll need for planting – from equipment to seeds, chemicals, soil treatments and fertilizers,” said event manager Richard Sherman.

The Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show has been going on for 22 years. For more information and hours of the farm show visit the event website.