The premier grain industry showcase is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Prairieland Park Agriculture Manager Lori Cates says the Western Canadian Crop Production Show, which begins on Monday, has come a long way.
"There have been so many changes over the years and we've grown to capacity. What once started in one building has grown and taken off. It's just amazing."
Every single square metre at Prairieland Park is filled to capacity, with 348 companies and more than 1,050 exhibit spaces.
"That's our max. We couldn't get one more in if we wanted to---and we do want to," Cates said.
The Crop Production Show has a global perspective with a local presence, allowing farmers access to the latest technology. Every exhibit has products and services directed specifically at grain, oilseed and pulse crop producers.
"People enjoy the networking and the person-to-person contacts," said Kevin Hursh, a farmer and well-known agricultural journalist and consultant. "Touching base with people they already know and meeting some new ones. Maybe hearing about some opportunities that they wouldn't have thought of before."
Prairieland Park has developed a new smartphone app to help producers navigate the show and make them aware of the various seminars. The app can be download at the Crop Production Show website at www.cropproductiononline.com
Show hours are:
Monday, January 8 noon to 6pm Tuesday, January 9 9am to 5pm Wednesday, January 10 9am to 5pm Thursday, January 11 9am to 5pm.