The doors to the 2013 Colusa Farm Show are open. The 48th annual show runs Tuesday through Thursday.
Every year, farmers, ranchers, and homeowners from all over Northern California come to the Colusa County Fairgrounds to see all the latest and greatest farm equipment on the market. From tractors with wheels taller than a grown man, to an exhibit of rebuilt antique farm equipment, there's something for everyone to see. There are more than 300 vendors, nearly ten percent more than last year. Organizers expect about 40,000 visitors over the three day run of the show.
Action News reporter Rick Carhart visited the Farm Show today, and found one of the more unique pieces of farm equipment on display.
Like nearly everything in the 21st century, technology is king for today's farmer.
Colusa Farm Show Chairman David Zwald says, "with the new GPS and AMS and graphics in all the tractors, you can calculate your yield, monitor fertilizers, and everything."
Dan says, "you've got to be on top of your game if you want to make money."
Dan Kane is a walnut grower from Lake County who never misses this show.
Dan says, "we come down here every year and get to keep up on what's going on in the industry. We look forward to coming here."
All the latest and greatest gadgets are here, but you'll also find this small company from Minnesota with a big idea from a local farmer's 4-year-old son.
Brittany says, "they were sitting at the breakfast table and he said "Dad, why don't we come up with a rotary rock picker like our rotary combine?""
The result? The "Robo Rock Picker", a tool that attaches to a front-end loader, and saves hours of hard work and gallons of sweat.
Brittany says, "you can go through the field, get rid of the debris and leave it there, then pile your rock up as fast as possible so you can get out of there."
The benefits are endless, from ridding a field of hazards to equipment, to making the ground much easier to plant, and it's not just for picking up rocks.
Brittany says, "the farmer that invented it made himself husband of the year when he went out in his wife's garden and picked up her root vegetables."
And judging by the traffic in front of her booth, sales associate Brittany Felder says it's sure to be a hit.
Brittany says, "you see a big smile, and then "simple, I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner.""
Something so simple, it had to come from the mind of a child... in Colusa, I'm Rick Carhart for Action News.
By the way... Governor Jerry Brown heads to Colusa Wednesday, where he is scheduled to speak at the annual farm show breakfast. The breakfast is being hosted by the Chico State College of Agriculture Alumni, the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, and Alpha Gamma Rho.