Compared with the past few gatherings, the 2011 Commodity Classic was a welcome change. Instead of talk about high crop input prices and a complete lack of buying on the part of grower-customers, almost everyone seemed happy as crop prices kept rising and input orders zipped along at a regular clip. “It’s so good for
As I write this week’s column, I’m heading to Tampa, FL, for the annual Commodity Classic show. The event, hosted by the various commodity grower associations, has become a showplace for many of the ag industry’s biggest suppliers – particularly crop protection product manufacturers and equipment makers. In fact, coupled with the annual National Farm
Perhaps it was the location — warm weather Anaheim, CA, a pleasant departure from the snow-covered Eastern half of the U.S. Maybe it was the glamour — lots of big booths and flashy electronics on the exhibition floor. Or it could have been the fact that the agricultural marketplace was through with 2008 and 2009
My latest road trip took me to Dallas for the 2009 Commodity Classic. This is really a tradeshow for growers, so when we go to this event we’re a bit like fish out of water. But what it does reveal for us is how manufacturers are positioning their grower marketing strategies for year ahead. Overall,
There was something profoundly different about the 2007 Commodity Classic show. For the first time since the start of the 21st century, low commodity prices were not a major point of discussion at the event among the more than 4,000 attendees. With corn, soybeans, and wheat all enjoying healthy bumps in per-bushel prices since the
CropLife Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj attended the recent Commodity Classic conference in Nashville. In reviewing their experiences, they shared the following e-mail exchange after the event. Paul: Some Commodity Classic, eh Eric? There sure were a lot of giddy farmers running around the convention center. And the amount of equipment was impressive, too.