Fort Dodge Farm Show Has Retro High Technology For Older Tractors

Mitch Aden of NEW Coop demonstrates an auto-steer system to install on older tractors. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Mitch Aden of NEW Coop demonstrates an auto-steer system to install on older tractors. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

FORT DODGE, Iowa- The 15th annual Farm News- Ag Show is underway at Iowa Central Community College. The two-day show features over 70 exhibitors inside at the East Campus of Iowa Central at 2031 Quail Avenue on the east edge of town.

One system being exhibited helps old tractors, drive like new. The Top Con auto steering system can be installed on an older model tractor, to allow it to drive on it’s own based on GPS navigation.

“You can pretty much retro fit this to any tractor,” said Mitch Aden, of New Coop. “It works similar to how a newer tractor works steering through the hydraulics.”

Aden’s company NEW Coop, of Fort Dodge sells the system. He said the systems can start at about $5,000 in price running up to $30-$40,000 depending on the accuracy needed.

“There’s lots of benefits its going to minimize your overlaps, it will give you more time to watch the implement behind you to make sure everything is operating correctly there,” said Aden.

The show will also feature a variety of ag experts talking on Farm Topics. Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University will speak on Thursday morning at 8:30 am on the weather outlook for 2017.

The show runs from 7:30 am to 3:00 on Thursday.