This is my first time to Crop Week in Saskatoon and I plan to return in the future. One thing that is consistent amongst farm shows is the ever present beer gardens. Now don’t get me wrong there is serious business that is done over a cold one. There is discussion about Roughriders football, who will win the Stanley Cup and who will win American Idol this season.
In all seriousness the beer gardens at any farm show is where farmers get to spend some valuable time together and collaborate and share ideas with neighbors or farmers from other provinces.
Yesterday I went into the beer gardens and ran into and old friend, Mark Lepp from FarmLink Solutions and we had a chance to catch up and discuss what was happening in the markets. To me this type of surprise encounter is what makes farm trade shows so special. Its not just about the new equipment, new seed genetics or getting a bag of collected free goodies. A big benefit of attending farm shows is that you get a chance to connect with your network. It is important that you take the time to develop a center of influence and learn form the successes and mistakes of your colleagues. I find that grain farmers are very good about sharing ideas regarding production practices. I recommend if you have not done so yet this year attend a farm show. Manitoba Ag Days, Ag-Expo and FarmTech are all left before spring. Walk the show to do your business but also take the time to network with your network even if it is over a cold beer in the beer gardens.