Kansas Agri Business Expo in Wichita highlights products and services from ag manufacturers
WICHITA —Dozens of vendors with a focus on agriculture were part of the Kansas Agri Business Expo from Wednesday through Friday at Century II in Wichita. There were sprayers and applicators, silo refurbishers and silo builders, seed companies and chemical companies, as well as soil health companies and software tracking firms.
The show, which was put on by the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, featured businesses from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota. All were trying to inform farmers, landowners and other business people about their services and products.
Some Kansas Ag businesses
Kevin Henderson of Western Ag traveled from Great Bend where the company manufactures blue, white and black tarps to cover hay and silage. They also construct shade cloths for feedlots, for cattle during the summer months.
"It (the canopy) really helps a lot," Henderson said.
Mark Wurst of Pickens Restoration said many farmers and businesses are repairing or replacing silos that were built during the 30s, 40s and 50s.
"They're upgrading," he said. "They're also trying to get it (grains) out of the weather."
Engineering equipment and software were also on display. Wichita-based Hammel Scale brought in scales, probes, meters and protein testers. Kasa Controls and Automation, which provides turnkey industrial controls and automation engineering, came down from its headquarters in Salina and AgTrax, an agriculture software company in Hutchinson was present.
Two members of the Kansas Highway and Patrol showed up to answer questions about how to obtain specific driver's licenses, find out about road closures, load securement and inclement weather.
Some other Kansas businesses present were ServiTech, a soil testing service out of Dodge City, Mears Fertilizer out of El Dorado, Kauffman Seed of Hutchinson, Mid-Continent Industries in Newton and INAlert out of Ellinwood.
Selling to farmers and ranchers in the Sunflower State is crucial for these businesses. According to the USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture the slightly less than 60,000 Kansas farms and ranches, which encompass a little less than 60 million acres, accounted for roughly $19 billion dollars worth of agricultural products.
As for grains, Kansas is number one in wheat and sorghum, and in soybeans and sunflowers, the state ranks in the top 10.
"We like to support our farmers," said Sherry Seifert of the Kansas Soybean Association. "I'm here to educate about the many uses of soy."