Annual 3i Show Begins In Great Bend

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May 5, 2010

Farmers and ranchers and those in other industries like to come to the 3-i show to see the latest and greatest in technology. But whether they buy anything or not depends on the economy.

Coming to an equipment show like 3i isn’t necessarily about buying now, it’s about looking.

Granted, there’s a lot to look at. That’s the attraction, being able to compare a lot of equipment in one spot.

"Coming to 3-i you're just trying to see what the new technologies are out there because every year it changes," Rod Gungoll said. "If you have new equipment it's a good place to show it off for the first time."

Dealers bring everything from small equipment to mow the yard to the large combines to bring in the harvest.

Of course, it’s more than large equipment. An ever-growing segment is the software to make procedures more efficient.

"There's a lot of technology. Harvey County Farmer, Ty Miller said. “More and more the ag-industry is going into technology."

And that’s what’s gets Millers’ attention.

"With the technology that's out there the tractors can actually communicate with your home computer," Miller said.

But, he says this is a place to shop and compare before making the large purchase on the other hand, some are buying.

“Based on the first day of the show it appears there's a lot of buying going on. That's very positive," 3-i Show Director, Eddie Estes said. "We have exhibitors from 30 states and of course Canada. People make contacts and that's what it's all about.

And with the show going on for a couple more days, you really haven't missed it yet.


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