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Farmers check out new advancements in equipment at Big Iron Farm Show

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WEST FARGO—For the 37th year the largest farm show in the region, Big Iron is in full force in West Fargo talking about the latest agriculture advancements.

For retired farmers Fuzzy and Tubby Livingood coming to check out Big Iron Farm Show brings them back to their prime farming days.

"I like to see what the machinery looks-like-now-a-days," said Fuzzy Livinggood, Retired Farmer.

Coming to check out Big Iron Farm Show, brings them back to their prime farming days

They're just a couple of thousands of people who will make their ways through the gates over the next few days seeing what farm industry has to offer.

"20 years ago GPS was the big dog, now there are a lot more finite places that you can put this technology at," said Kris Brekken, Precision Planting.

One of the over 900 exhibits they can see is Precision Planting, which focuses on making seed planters as efficient, hands-free and accurate as possible.

"It's about scale. If a guy can invest in this technology in their machinery and then they can cover X amount more acres, it brings more of a per acre return," said Brekken.

With a dry year for most of the state of North Dakota new technology may not be the top priority.

"Once it's in you blood. It's hard to get out of it. You look forward to it. Until the banker says no.. then you have no choice," said Tubby Livinggood, Retired Farmer.

Vendors, like Precision Planting actually say it's the perfect time to look at the ag advancements, even with a hefty price tag.

"High dollar investment with whatever you do might as well put your best foot forward, think ahead," said Brekken.

ERven though farmers can't stop the weather, they can be prepared for rain or shine.

"Mother nature is in charge. Yup, she is. But if you can put yourself in a situation to take advantage of what she does give you," said Brekken.

Big Iron will continue Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

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