Most folks that I’ve talked to just want the 2019 growing season to be over. Crops were planted late, if at all, due to heavy and frequent rains. Once the crops finally got in, Mother Nature turned off the spigot and about half of Illinois and Indiana are in the “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought” designations, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

With growing conditions, commodity prices and its related trade troubles persist, it’s a good time to take a break from the chaos and some upcoming farm shows can provide that respite.

The Half Century of Progress at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 22-25.

This, the largest vintage farm show, transports tens of thousands of visitors back in time with daily field demonstrations of classic farm machinery harvesting and plowing, countless displays, a daily power parade, entertainment and other activities. The interest in this shows spans generations and truly is an amazing event that highlights agriculture from yesteryear.

Just two days after the Half Century closes, it’s Illinois’ turn to host the Farm Progress Show at Decatur that runs Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 27-29.

The Farm Progress Show is to the newest technology what Half Century is to the vintage iron. The show in Decatur features all of the latest and greatest agriculture iron and software.

I’ve heard stories over the years where folks from numerous states and other countries make these two shows part of their itinerary. They’ll travel to central Illinois to spend time at the Half Century, then go on to spend a few days at the Farm Progress Show.

So, take a break from the daily routine and head to Rantoul and Decatur.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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