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Farm Progress Show Host Prepares Despite Crop Demonstration Cancellation
Farm Progress Show Host Prepares Despite Crop Demonstration Cancellation

More than 100,000 guests are coming by. No pressure.

Marc Padrutt is one of the host farmers for the Farm Progress Show, which opens Tuesday in Decatur. There’s a glitch, though, as the weather has not allowed the corn he planted in May to mature in time for him to demonstrate the harvest during the show.

Padrutt, like many Illinois farmers, is dealing with a cool, dry summer.

“We didn’t have the opportunity to plant the corn in April. Summer has been cool, obviously, lacking moisture right now,” he says. “Another rain or two would be nice for (corn) plant health and to finish it off. Beans certainly need a couple of more rains to fill in those pods.”

Padrutt, whose family farm is a couple of miles from the show site, has participated in four previous shows in Decatur.

The show begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday.