Amarillo, TX - As the panhandle region continues to be in a drought, many exhibitors at the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show focused their products on preserving water.
Over 400 exhibitors are part of the 30th annual event. Marketing Director Samantha Castro says agriculture in this region is unique because of the ground and water issues.
Although the panhandle region has received recent rain, it has not been enough to take us out of the drought.
"It's really difficult to get water and a lot of these guys are having to figure out new ways to bring in ground water to help irrigate their crops. We have a company with us, valley irrigation, they are a partner of ours in a lot of different events and they have all of their latest irrigation equipment and a lot of information they can share with attendees, they are very very knowledgeable," says Castro.
Many of the booths focuses on the latest irrigation products. Some of the products featured include seed and soil inoculants comprised of soil borne microbes preserving water in soil.
"Our SD 25 which is a stubble digester is used in the fall after the farmers harvest their crops to eat up and digest the stubble that's left behind. It puts microbes in the soil that actually breaks down the plant debris, it converts that to humus which holds our water and nutrients and that's one of the most important things that we can do to rebuild the soil," says Wayne Tucker, CEO Bio S.I. Technology.
And because of the infamous winds in the area one product focuses on creating wind resistant water droplets for crops."When people are spraying their crops, droplets will typically drift off. We've come out with some droplet sizes that are bigger and they are air induced so when they hit the target they explode and they give you the best coverage," says Mike Famigletti, Sales Manager.
Over 20,000 people are expected to attend this event.