The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show has always been the place to see all that's new in the agricultural sector, but this year's event promises to have an exceptional lineup of new equipment, technology, and products.

“I don't think I've ever heard of as many new products as we have committed for participation in our show this year,” says Tim Price, executive vice-president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, which sponsors the annual event, to be held March 2-3 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

Among the “biggies” will be a firsthand look at Case IH's new cotton picker with an onboard module builder. The machine, which has been in development and testing for several years, has been the subject of widespread interest in the cotton sector.

Beyond that, Price says, there will be a cornucopia of new technology. “The increased sophistication of electronics and global positioning systems over the past few years has brought about a revolution in equipment and the way farmers carry out their production practices. The show will give growers a chance to see the very latest systems and learn how they might be used in their operations.”

This year's show, which is co-sponsored by Delta Farm Press, will feature approximately 400 exhibitors from more than 40 states and foreign countries and will occupy over 200,000 square feet of exhibit space in the convention center.

Show attendees will have up-close and personal access to an expanded number of farm equipment and chemical manufacturers, specialized services, the latest in seed varieties, and new technologies in precision farming software and services.

“Attending the Farm & Gin Show is a spring tradition for thousands of Mid-South farmers, ginners and others involved in agriculture,” Price says. “Each year we work hard to provide new and different attractions. The recent expansion of the convention center has allowed us more exhibit space, which provides the opportunity for new exhibitors to complement the companies that have a long tradition of exhibiting with us.”

Also continuing this year will be the popular Ag Update Seminars Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will present the latest market outlook for Mid-South commodities, farm legislation, and other relevant topics.

Exhibit areas at the show will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the show is free, but registration is required for admittance to the exhibit areas.

For additional information, contact Price at 901/947-3104 or visit the association's Web site: www.southerncottonginner.org.