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80,000 Expected to Attend 33rd Big Iron

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For the 33rd year The Big Iron Farm Show, will feature over 900 exhibits. Specializing in farm equipment agribusiness, health, innovation and technology.

Kicking off Tuesday at 9 a.m. the show runs through Thursday and is expected to draw over 80,000 visitors from all over the country and world. In fact, since 2007, the event has hosted more than 600 international visitors from over 25 countries.

North Dakota has about 30,300 farms, averaging 1,300 acres. Wheat is North Dakota's chief agricultural commodity, which is grown on more than 19,000 North Dakota farms and produced in all 53 counties.

One of the businesses on hand at this year's Big Iron, that helps wheat and other farmers, is Intelligent Agricultural Solutions (IAS). IAS, has designed an acoustic wireless blockage and flow monitor for air seeders.

The technology won't prevent seed blocks from happening but it will notify the farmer faster, preventing a "skip" or un-planted section in the field. A "skip" is not only an embarrassment for a farmer but can decrease their yield.

The monitor works similar to a stethoscope, listening to the flow of seed and alerting the farmer through wireless technology, notifying them of a block.

Big Iron is open and free to the public at the Red River Valley Fair Grounds in West Fargo.

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