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It's been well documented that farmers struggled during last years drought. 

That's why many are willing to spend a little money to make sure that (hopefully} doesn't happen again. 

So, that's why today's farm show at the QCCA Expo Center looked more like a technology showcase, than an agricultural one. 

But, according to many farmers - that's the way things are going.

Because in the end - it all comes down to efficiency.

"We'll get rain," says local farmer Bob Bottens, "And we'll get a crop but how to maximize that crop? That's what were after."

Bob has been farming for over 40 years - and over his time he has learned a thing or two - especially when it comes to spending money on new equipment.

"Investing in a crop takes quite a bit of money," he explained. 

But now - Bob is looking into new technology that can drive his tractor for him - keeping him in a perfectly straight line so no seed or spray goes to waste. 

And he isn't the only farmer at the show with efficiency on the mind. 

Thousands of farmers just like Bottens are trying to stay ahead of the game and are coming to this show to find what that technology looks like. 

"We'll look at the technology and see what's available." said local farmer Al Lyman, "At some point we'll see how it works into our operation."

Much of the talk around the show was getting more out of the land you already have - as opposed to purchasing more land and planting more. 

This is where salesmen come in.

Brian Heisner is a Salesman for Amerigold - selling seeds that farmers hope can provide a strong yield.

"Years ago - we used to talk about 200 bushel corn. Now, were talking about 300 bushel corn. If they aren't going to expand their acreage, they want to get better yield, be more efficient."

So even though 2012 was a disappointing year for some farmers - many are staying positive and looking forward to planting their seed in the upcoming season. 

"I think we are going to go for production like we used to have," Bottens went onto say, "We're going to get production this year. If we don't we will all be out of business."

And that's something none of us can afford. 

 

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