You can always tell the real farmers attending the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition – while they’re captivated by the smell of new tractors as they enter the show grounds, they’re eventually drawn to the 600-acre working farm where they can view harvest and tillage demonstrations, in addition to test-driving the latest equipment available.

During each day of the show, Oct. 18-20, there will be equipment demonstrations in the field, weather permitting. Visitors can take a tractor-drawn covered tram from the exhibit area to the fields where cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay are being harvested.

On the way, visitors will be able to get off the trams and test-drive any number of new tractors, many with global positioning systems and other precision farming technology.

The harvesting demonstrations, as well as tillage demonstrations, equipment driving ranges, irrigation technology and precision ag demonstrations all provide opportunities to see and compare a wide range of equipment in an actual working setting. Company representatives and specialists are in the fields to answer visitor questions.

Even in drought-plagued years, the irrigated fields of the Darrell Williams Research Farm at Sunbelt Ag Expo offer attendees a front-row view of the harvesting of the newest crop varieties available to Southeastern growers.