An estimated 5,000 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers and agribusinesses are convening in Nashville, Tenn., at the 2012 Commodity Classic trade show and convention. Show-goers see and learn about the latest products, technologies and services in seed, crop protection, and machinery.
 
Farm Industry News arrived early to the event to bring you some early show highlights. Here are just a few:
 
John Deere is making a major announcement about its future emission-reduction technology, which will affect all diesel engines in all John Deere off-road equipment. The company is also demonstrating new GPS technology that it says “will revolutionize fleet management.” This includes new automated harvesting systems, remote diagnostics, and other technologies that Deere says will improve the productivity of its machinery.
 
Case IH is releasing the results of new fuel-efficiency tests that the company says will break the records set by other makes and models of tractors. It also releases new machine guidance and remote diagnostics technology.
 
Rabo AgriFinance is releasing its most recent commodity outlook report. Also, finance experts will talk about lending, land values, the 2012 outlook and other finance-related topics famers are thinking about.
 
MANA is speaking about its new crop protection offerings for the 2012 season and is showing a new sustainability video about the company’s commitment to global agriculture.
 
Agrium Advanced Technologies is showing growers how to make the most of their nitrogen investment through the use of ESN Smart Nitrogen, a controlled-release nitrogen. The company says the product helps to deliver nitrogen to the crop throughout the growing season for improved yields and a better-quality crop.
 
Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT) is announcing a strategic partnership with The Fertilizer Institute to establish Nitrace, a project to formulate fertilizer application practices that will reduce greenhouse gases and generate carbon offset credits for farmers.  During the next two growing seasons, AAT will donate its controlled-release nitrogen product called ESN Smart Nitrogen to the project. The company says the product prevents all forms of nitrogen loss to the environment while protecting the soil. 
 
Wyffels is giving farmers a test-drive of its new wyffels.com website. The website will include a step-by-step hybrid selection guide, performance data, and overviews of tough-to-understand technologies.