For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my toughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for whch I sent it. (ESV) (Isaiah 55: 8-11)




The Iowa Power Farming Show took place in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, January 28-30, 2020.


The 2020 Iowa Power Farning show was huge. It occupied 3 buildings, with 7 floors of exhibits at the Iowa Events Center. There is much to see and do here. Almost all aspects of farming are represented--everything from seed corn to seminars. In other words--you can look, learn and listen. Be prepared for lots of walking and wear your most comfortable boots because the magnitude of this event will knock your socks off! When I was farming in the 50's, I had a John Deere Model A. That was a big and powerful tractor at the time, but today it would look like a toy--not only in physical size, but also in technology. I am a city farmer now, so I focused mostly on what interests me--the big machinery and new technology. All of the pictures today represent a sampling of the big stuff on display at the Hy-Vee Exhibit Hall.

My View for the Month: I grew up with the very simple life of a farm boy in the hill country of Western Iowa. I believe you could safely say technology was not even a word in my vocabulary. Now fast forward to today. I would certainly think there have been more changes in technology during my lifetime (87 years) than there were in all the previous time since God created the world. Some of these changes are good and others not-so-good, but we are going to focus on farm technology. In my opinion--that is all good! When I was born in 1932, there were about 2 billion people in the world. The worldwide population in 2020 is in the neighborhood of 7.5 billion people and that number is expected to increase significantly as each new decade is ushered in. Many countries do not have the soil, climate, resources, etc. to produce agriculture products to meet their needs. I am so thankful Iowa farmers are adapting to the changes in technology and are so progressive in doing their part to feed this hungry world.