Successful 40th anniversary for Crop Production Show

A highly successful Western Canadian Crop Production Show was held last week at the World Trade Center Saskatoon at Prairieland. The event proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary over four days in nicer-than-expected weather, making for an easy move-in for exhibitors and safe road conditions for travelers.

Now in its fourth decade, the Western Canadian Crop Production Show, presented by Farm Credit Canada, continues to provide farmers and agri-businesses with access to the latest in technology, services, and products that are required to increase yields and processing abilities while decreasing losses and costs. The event ran concurrently with Saskatoon’s Agricultural Business Awareness Week, making it an opportune time for crop producers to plan for the upcoming growing season.

Occupying a total of 960 booths spread out over 250,000 square feet of trade show space, 330 exhibitors were set up to showcase their services and products to patrons from all across the prairie provinces. Exhibitors and organizers were pleased with the turnout as the show’s attendance returned to pre-Covid numbers with 20,434 patrons.

A total of 10 exhibitors were recognized for their 40-year commitment to the event including: Bourgault Industries Ltd., Brandt Agricultural Products Ltd., Canadian Grain Commission, Cargill Ltd., Morris Industries Ltd., SeCan, Syngenta, University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Center, and the Province of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

Canadian farmer and comedian Quick Dick McDick joined us as the featured entertainment at the Barley Bash, a mixer for trade show exhibitors. Fans were delighted that the YouTuber attended the trade show for the following three days as he engaged in humourous, industry-related conversations with many patrons.

To celebrate the 40-year milestone, one lucky patron won a trip to Las Vegas in a raffle co-sponsored by Prairieland, Uniglobe Travel, and FMC. In addition to the fabulous travel prize, the raffle raised funds that will be donated to Stars Air Ambulance. The winning didn’t stop there — the progressive 50/50 lottery sent someone home with over $13,000 in winnings, and the remainder will be utilized by Saskatchewan 4-H and Prairieland Agriculture youth-in-ag programs.

We also welcomed back the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame as they announced the five inductees for 2023. A formal induction ceremony will take place at Prairieland on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

The show once again proved itself worthy as Western Canada’s must-attend premier grain industry event due to an inspiring and innovative mixture of information, technology, and machinery. Organizers would like to extend their thanks to the sponsors, presenters, exhibitors, attendees, and dedicated staff, all of whom contributed to the success of the 40th annual show. We look forward to next year’s event, scheduled for January 8-11, 2024, and are excited for a bright future in crop production.