Farm Progress Show opens in Regina

The 38th annual Canada’s Farm Progress Show opened this morning to sunny Regina skies, but rain is on everyone’s minds.

And if history holds true, the show should deliver some much-needed moisture.

“This has always been a rainmaker show,” said Saskatchewan economy minister Bill Boyd at the official opening ceremony yesterday afternoon.

Indeed, there have been many days during previous shows when the skies clouded over and thunderstorms delivered.

Evraz Place chief executive officer Mark Allan said he couldn’t guarantee rain but could predict a great three days ahead.

About 800 delegates from 55 countries are expected to be among the more than 40,000 visitors to see the latest in agricultural technology.

There are also 77 international exhibitors from the United States, China, Germany and Poland showing their wares this year.

Show chair Rene Carpentier said it’s amazing to see technological advancement, recalling how in the show’s first year in 1978 his family was still using a 12-foot cultivator and the same size of seed drill.

“Times have changed,” he said.


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