Crowds in the order of 100,000 are expected to attend over the three days of Australia’s largest agricultural event with more than 3000 companies and organisations exhibiting at the giant rural supermarket.
This year’s Commonwealth Bank AgQuip – the premier economic and social event on the Australian agricultural calendar – is where manufacturers and retailers line up to show visitors the latest in cutting edge innovation.
AgQuip will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 to 24 on the dedicated AgQuip site just west of Gunnedah, NSW.
“This is Australia's biggest and one of the world’s largest agricultural field days,” said field days organisers’ Fairfax Rural Events group manager Kate Nugent.
“It is a major influence and indicator of our primary industry in southern hemisphere with both an international and national presence.”
Commonwealth Bank AgQuip has played a vital role in the commercial operation of thousands of farms in Australia over the past 45 years.
“Even when things are really tough,” Ms Nugent said, “Commonwealth Bank AgQuip has been there as a place farmers can come to get the very best, the most cost efficient machinery, equipment and advice so they themselves can be more efficient.
“And, of course, Australian farmers are renowned as being among the most productive and cost efficient in the world.
“We’re proud to think we may have played some small but significant part in helping to build that reputation over the past third of a century.
“This is the one chance each year for manufacturers, researchers and retailers to get in front of the entire agricultural community, to show you their best, brightest and newest ideas to improve your bottom line.”
Innovation is something that the field day is seeing increasingly more of in the industry with farmers responding to environmental and technological changes in new and interesting ways.
There are a number of new technology products on display at this year’s special event including autonomous tractors, drones, computer systems and software, control systems, farm security, global positioning systems (GPS), internet, monitoring equipment, precision farming, precision planting equipment and solar technology. Demonstration areas include the new Soil Conservation earthworks, the new Croplands farm implements, 4WD and Kawasaki bike areas.
AgQuip 2017 is free admission to the public, with car parks open at 7.30am and gates open from 9am-5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9am-4pm on Thursday.