Sukup Manufacturing Co. Chief Marketing Officer Matt Koch, Titan Tire Territory manager Aaron Miller, Corteva Agriscience Soybean Product Marketing Manager Clay Wieben(Photo: Kriss Nelson/Iowa Soybean Association)

Farmers and industry unite in Boone

September 1, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

The 69th Farm Progress Show in Boone brought more than 85 acres of exhibit space showcasing the latest in agricultural innovations.

Field demonstrations, autonomous and ride-and-drive experiences, were part of the annual show which was held on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

Sukup Manufcturing Co.

With several bins, a steel building and other products, it’s hard to miss Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s presence at the Farm Progress Show.

Matt Koch, chief marketing officer for Sukup, says they utilized the well-attended show to showcase modifications to several of their products, including their Paddle Sweep, Hy-Flight Conveyor, Double Run Conveyor and Mixed Flow Dryer.

Looking to the future, Koch says the company will remain dedicated to the Iowa soybean farmer.

“We have been a family-owned and operated company for 60 years. We aren’t going anywhere,” he says. “We want to be able to provide solutions and products for customers at a fair value and deliver those products in a way they can trust and have the confidence to run their farms.”

One way this is being made possible is through automation.

“We have invested a lot of time and resources in not only added capacity, but technology as well,” he says. “As the workforce gets tight, we focus on automation and relieving the workforce requirement to that piece.”

Titan Tire Corporation

Titan Tire Corporation utilized the 2022 Farm Progress platform to introduce their new Ultimate Flex Technology (UFT) tire for narrow row crop spraying.

Aaron Miller, territory manager for the Titan,, says UFT combines the elements of conventional, Increased Flexion (IF) and Very High Flexion (VF) tires to create a universal solution.

This technology will allow farmers to quickly replace any sprayer tire without worrying about what other standard IF or VF tires are on the other wheel positions.

The release of new technologies like the UFT tire is a statement of Titan’s commitment to farmers, as is their Midwestern presence.

“We are a big Midwestern company with products made right in the heart of farming country,” says Miller. “We have been here a long time and will continue to be here.”

Corteva Agriscience

Jason Richards, soybean product marketing manager for the Western Corn Belt Corteva Agriscience, announced a new collaboration with BASF.

The two companies have reached an agreement to develop future herbicide-tolerant soybeans and complementing herbicides for farmers in North America and beyond. According to Corteva, the collaboration aims to bring competitive alternatives to manage resistant and tough-to-control weeds through innovative trait stacks and durable, long-lasting modes of action. Farmers will benefit from broader weed management options and strong germplasm choices from both Corteva and BASF seed brands.

“Iowa may be known as the corn state, but soybeans are extremely important to the state and Corteva and Pioneer as well,” says Richards. “As we continue to bring new products, we are an American-based company that puts a lot of money into research and development to