|Farm Science Review sees increase in attendance|
|Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM|
LONDON — The 51st annual Farm Science Review closed its gates this evening after welcoming 129,864 visitors during the course of the three-day event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, which was an increase from last year’s attendance of 114,324.
“Exhibitors are very pleased and farmers were out there smiling,” said Chuck Gamble, Farm Science Review manager, of this year’s show. “It’s a great time to be in agriculture, especially knowing that the global food demand will reach nine billion by the year 2050.”
After what seemed like a washout due to persistent rain in the area during the morning hours, Thursday’s afternoon crowd picked up and brought in 24,608 visitors. Tuesday’s opening day attendance was reported as 46,656 while Wednesday was the highest attended day with 58,600 visitors.
“It was nice to see our customers come through and be able to interact with them in a different setting than on the farm,” said John Schaeffer, a District Sales Manger for Great Lakes Hybrids in Northwest Ohio. “The show helped to get the ball rolling on a lot of sales for the fall season.”
Some highlights of this year’s Review included two presentations by the Peterson Farm Brothers on Tuesday, the first-ever demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a farm show, three new inductees into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame and early soybean yield results are showing 58 bushels per acre on average and 222 bushels per acre on average for corn.
“The field demonstrations were amazing this year, including the installation of drainage technology,” Gamble said. “There was a lot of interest in the UAV demo and farmers seem to be more receptive to new technologies.”
Next year’s Farm Science Review will take place Sept. 16-18.
Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts more than 130,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition and gardening and landscape.