The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

July 19, 2013

Farm Show offers up-close look at equipment, buildings, products

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Chris Rogers, a rancher from Winfield, and his daughter, Gretchen Wacker, who runs the ranch, didn’t mind the three-hour drive to the Four State Farm Show early Friday morning.

They wanted to get an up-close look at several pieces of equipment they’re interested in purchasing.

“We came here to compare and look at a variety of products, including cattle chutes, small machinery, a trailer, stock tanks and a tree saw,” said Rogers, whose 1,600-acre ranch supports 150 head of cattle.

“It’s nice to see everything in one place, and you get a lot of good ideas.”

They soon found one item they were looking for under a tent manned by representatives of Sioux Steel, based in South Dakota.

“I’ve been looking for a cattle chute for three years, and I still haven’t found one I completely like,” Rogers said as he checked out the features of the Sioux Steel model.

Company representative Pat DeLange, who lives in Brazilton, showed off the chute’s no-corner tub, adjustable alley and a no-backing feature.

“Our chute is 60 years old and pretty well shot,” Rogers said. “The ones I have seen have many good features, but there are always things with them I don’t like. We’ll see about this one.”

On the other side of the show’s grounds, Webb City, Mo., resident Darrin Stowell kneeled under a gargantuan John Deere field sprayer to examine its components. He said being able to do so was the main draw of the show.

“I like to come to look at new technologies,” Stowell said. “It’s always nice if you’re in the market for something to be able to crawl around and see how it’s built.”

The sprayer would mean a $350,000 investment.

“We like to be able to see it up close,” said Stowell, who is the operations manager of JCB Farms just a few miles to the east.

Stan Hall, a Clinton, Mo.-based sales representative for Morton Buildings, said at least 1,500 people had come through his display Friday, if the number who registered for a contest was any indication.

“It’s a hands-on experience out here,” Hall said of the show. “You actually get to touch, feel and see things that you’re investing in. And things like this are a lifetime investment.”

Afternoon demonstrations give cattlemen and forage producers the chance to see a range of big round balers, mowers, rakes and other equipment operating under field conditions. A riding lawn mower test driving range was a busy place, giving even property owners of a few acres the chance to try before they buy.

Not all booths at the Farm Show are farm related, however. Longan’s Garden Center in Pittsburg has a display of potted patio plants, chimineas and garden decor, while Great Plains Flagpoles of Minnesota offers a unique telescoping flagpole design for homes or businesses.

And at Via Christi Hospital’s large booth near the entrance, employees offered sunscreen, tobacco cessation information, and how to spot tick-borne illnesses, among other things. Today, a dermatologist will offer sun cancer screenings there at no charge.

Longtime Pittsburg area food vendor Maggie Burlingame erected a full portable kitchen in order to serve vendors and visitors with food and cold drinks, and will be on site through Sunday.

When, where

The show runs again today from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located south of Pittsburg. From the Junction of Highways 69 and 400, it is one-half mile east on Highway 171. Parking and admission are free.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 071314stmarysmove.jpg More than 100 volunteers turn out to move school to its new permanent home

    Staff and students of St. Mary’s Elementary School have been through a lot of changes together since their old school at 505 W. 25th St. was destroyed in the 2011 Joplin tornado. Second-grade teacher Bette Schoeberl said the temporary quarters were cramped and that it was sometimes hard to move around. On Saturday, Schoeberl and other staff members moved into their new school building.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fronts to bring cooler weather

    If you can make it through this warm weekend, you’re due for a break. With highs in the mid-90s Saturday and Sunday, and a heat index pushing close to triple digits, the weekend will be warm, but cool weather is on the way, according to Jay Colucci, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Station in Springfield.

    July 12, 2014

  • Public invited to informational meeting at Prairie State Park

    An informational meeting for Prairie State Park in Barton County is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.

    July 11, 2014

  • Baxter Springs named Kansas Emergency Medical Service of the Year

    Baxter Springs Emergency Medical Service was recognized recently as the 2014 Kansas Emergency Medical Service of the Year by the Kansas EMT Association.

    July 11, 2014

  • 070114 St Mary's cross 3.jpg Crucifix returns after three-year absence

    The original crucifix at St. Mary’s Catholic Church has come home. It had hung behind the altar since 1968, until the 2011 tornado destroyed the church and nearly everything in it, along with the nearby rectory, school, parish center and more.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • r071014newbiz5.jpg Study examines costs of starting businesses in area towns

    When Firehouse Pottery opened in Joplin this spring, it was just one of the hundreds of new businesses that launch in the Four-State Area each year. Charity Hawkins, a Joplin native, said she and her husband “wanted to do something that would be great” for their hometown and decided to open a business that catered to both youths and adults. But starting a new business is a high-risk gamble.

    July 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Accent pillows overwhelm bedroom

    I’m surrounded by mush. Not fried mush, which I think is one of the greatest breakfast foods ever invented as long as it’s prepared correctly.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wally Kennedy MUG72.jpg Wally Kennedy: Lumpy’s takes BBQ on the road

    You don’t have to travel too far to find a barbecue place. They’re spread out. If you want barbecue in the north part of Joplin, you can visit Woody’s Smokehouse in the village of Airport Drive. If you want something downtown, there’s Sawmill BBQ in the 600 block of South Main Street. Near Seventh Street and Range Line Road is Billy Sims Barbecue.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071114 Mustang1_72.jpg Mustangs roll into Joplin for Mother Road Weekend

    Amanda Massey, of Joplin, gasped when she saw the 1968 fastback Mustang. “This is gorgeous — simply gorgeous,’’ she said. “I have always wanted an old Mustang.’’ With family members in tow, Massey had an opportunity Friday to examine a herd of wild and colorful Mustangs that muscled its way onto Main Street in downtown Joplin for the Mustang Mother Road Weekend.

    July 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local libraries target early childhood literacy with state program

    Local libraries are reporting great success so far this summer with the Racing to Read program, an early childhood literacy initiative from the state. The program, established by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, is designed to help strengthen and expand the quality and availability of library services to address early literacy needs in Missouri.

    July 11, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Although the president of the United States is limited to two terms in office, members of Congress have no term limits. Would you support term limits for U.S. representatives and senators?

Yes
No
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter