5 Key Takeaways from MAGIE 2022: Thoughts in Prose and Images
In mid-August, the annual Midwest AG Industries (MAGIE) Expo, hosted by the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA), was held at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, IL. Now celebrating its 41st birthdayst year, the event attracted more than 2,400 attendees over its two days.
The many ride-and-drive areas of the fairgrounds were busy virtually non-stop throughout the two days of the MAGIE event.
In addition to hosting a first-class trade show, the IFCA presented this year’s MAGIE with two awards: the Image Award and the Illinois Custom Applicator of the Year Award. Meanwhile, CropLife THE IRON presented its 2022 ShowStopper Award to Horsch, LLC. Photo: Peter Ovrebo from Horsch (centre) poses with the Showstopper Award 2022 in front of the new LEEB VL self-propelled sprayer, with IRON CropLife IFCA Editor Eric Sfiligoj and Kevin “KJ” Johnson.
At MAGIE 2022, many of the props shown at the show were for the exterior of the cabin, targeting the booms themselves. Photo: Greeneye Technology Exhibition.
At MAGIE 2022, drones were able to take flight, demonstrating to everyone what these innovative vehicles could really do. Photo: Rantizo drone agricultural sprayer.
At MAGIE 2022, there was only one autonomous vehicle in operation, Raven Industries’ OMNiPower 3200.
As always, there were several common threads that inspired many of the exhibits, pieces of agricultural retail equipment, and other special touches that came through. Here, CropLife and CropLife THE IRON the magazines are proud to present our five key points from this year’s show, illustrated by a few photos highlighting these trends.
1. Roll and flip with Gusto!
At any MAGIC, many attendees want the opportunity to take part in the ride-and-drive that many exhibitors offer for their various pieces of Big IRON. And while these happened at the MAGIE 2021 show, concerns about COVID-19 and the need for social distancing (required by the state) have largely kept enthusiasm for these to a minimum.
But that wasn’t the case in 2022. This year, the many ride-and-drive areas of the fairgrounds were busy virtually non-stop throughout the two-day MAGIE event. Indeed, even though the first day of MAGIE officially ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, the rides continued for many of the most popular self-propelled sprayers! This included models bearing the names John Deere, Hagie and Horsch.
2. A-Many Rewards!
As well as hosting a first-class trade show, the IFCA presented a pair of awards at this year’s MAGIE. New this year was a trophy and recognition for a custom applicator in the State of Illinois who demonstrated “dedication, achievement, and an all-around professional attitude” when applying protective products crops in the fields of producer-clients. The Trade Group accepted nominations for this award throughout the early months of summer 2022, narrowing the number of finalists down to four from then on. The winner ended up being John Ehler of Ehler Brothers in Royal, IL.
In addition to the Applicator of the Year award, the IFCA also recognized a MAGIE exhibitor who illustrated the best “booth display”. In 2022, the winner of this honor was Fertilizer Dealer Supply.
Founded in 1967, Fertilizer Dealer Supply is proud to be a premier supplier of agricultural sprayer parts to fertilizer and chemical retailers in seven different states. Based in Philo, Illinois, the company offers product lines for multiple manufacturers. This includes TeeJet, Banjo, Chandler, Willmar, Blu-Jet and Ray-Man.
As the official magazine of MAGIE, IRON CropLife also presents its own trophy at the show. This one, the ShowStopper, is attributed to the product that “stops people in their tracks to take a closer look,” says editor Eric Sfiligoj. The winner of 15e The ShowStopper trophy was newcomer to the event, Horsch, LLC, for its new LEEB VL self-propelled sprayer.
3. Many railing accessories
For many years at MAGIE, suppliers and manufacturers seemed to focus much of their attention on improving the accessories found inside the control cabins of self-propelled sprayers. All sorts of in-cab controllers, guidance systems, joystick modifications and shock-absorbing driver seats were standard.
But at MAGIE 2022, many of the props shown at the show were for the exterior of the cabin, targeting the arrows themselves. This included various systems to help improve/target the application of crop protection products, such as John Deere’s See & Spray Ultimate, Greeneye, Intelligent Ag’s Recon SpreadSense and Capstan’s PinPoint III Envelop to sprayer hoods. Willmar Fabrication, designed to reduce off-target distance. derivative.
One of the coolest arrow props has been exposed by ShockAvoid. This paired two boom arm sensors with a display in the cab to allow operators to monitor if their unfolded/folded booms were too close to power lines when applying in crop fields, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation. for everyone involved.
4. Drones take flight
About 10 years ago, drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) were a flagship product category at MAGIE. In fact, dozens of small businesses were vying for attention in this space, offering plenty of models for attendees to see for themselves. Unfortunately, at that time, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules prohibited these from flying over a crowded fairground, so most visitors had to settle for just “imagining” what these drones could do. do in the field (or watch demonstration videos produced by the manufacturers on their MAGIE stands).
However, during MAGIE 2022, drones were able to take flight, demonstrating to everyone what these innovative vehicles could really do. For example, Agri Spray Drones regularly flew its Agras T30 unit on its MAGIE stand throughout the show.
Further on the fairground, Rantizo had a model of his DJI Agras MG-1P agricultural spray drone flying through a marked off area, showing how the unit could apply the product and successfully avoid obstacles or predefined barriers at its movement.
“Even if I control this drone and try to move it forward, it won’t get close to our audience because they know it would be too close for them to apply products,” said the company’s Adam Langer. during a demonstration. “Safety will also come first with this drone.”
5. An autonomous vehicle offers a glimpse of the future
At many agricultural equipment shows held in the first half of 2022, autonomous vehicles were quite numerous. This was especially true at events targeting the grower-customer community.
At MAGIE 2022, there was only one autonomous vehicle in operation, Raven Industries’ OMNiPower 3200. This unit officially debuted at MAGIE 2021, but then only sported an unpainted unit that the company was still perfecting.
At this year’s show, the OMNiPower 3200 was decked out in Raven’s black and blue color scheme. The unit spent most of the show illustrating how it would remotely apply products such as dry fertilizer to a field without having to carry a human operator at the time.
5 Key Takeaways from MAGIE 2022: Thoughts in Prose and Images