Kansas Agri Business Expo Highlights Products From Agricultural Manufacturers
WICHITA — Dozens of agriculture-focused vendors were part of the Kansas Agribusiness Show Wednesday through Friday at Century II in Wichita. There were sprayers and applicators, renovators and silo builders, seed and chemical companies, as well as soil health companies and software tracking companies.
The show, hosted by the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, featured companies from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota. All of them tried to educate farmers, landowners and other businessmen about their services and products.
Some Kansas Ag companies
Western Ag’s Kevin Henderson came from Great Bend where the company makes blue, white and black tarps to cover hay and silage. They also build shade cloths for feedlots, for livestock during the summer months.
“It (the canopy) really helps a lot,” said Henderson.
Mark Wurst of Pickens Restoration said many farmers and businesses are repairing or replacing silos built in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
“They are improving,” he said. “They’re also trying to get them (the grain) out of the weather.”
Engineering equipment and software were also on display. Hammel Scale, based in Wichita, brought in scales, probes, counters and protein testers. Kasa Controls and Automation, which provides turnkey industrial controls and automation engineering, came down from its headquarters in Salina and AgTrax, an agricultural software company in Hutchinson was present.
Two members of the Kansas Highway and Patrol showed up to answer questions about how to get specific driver’s licenses, inquire about road closures, cargo securement and inclement weather.
Some other Kansas companies in attendance were ServiTech, a soil testing service from Dodge City, Mears Fertilizer from El Dorado, Kauffman Seed from Hutchinson, Mid-Continent Industries from Newton and INAlert from Ellinwood.
Selling sunflowers to farmers and ranchers in the state is crucial for these businesses. According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, just under 60,000 Kansas farms and ranches, which cover just under 60 million acres, accounted for about $ 19 billion in agricultural products.
As for grains, Kansas is number one for wheat and sorghum, and for soybeans and sunflowers, the state ranks in the top 10.
“We love to support our farmers,” said Sherry Seifert of the Kansas Soybean Association. “I am here to educate about the many uses of soy.”