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Vendors ready for big Colorado Farm Show in Greeley

Chris Casey
Greeley, Colo.
JIM RYDBOM/jrydbom@greeleytribune.comFrosty Anderson of Bestway Inc. wipes down a sprayer Monday as he and other vendors prepare for the Colorado Farm Show at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. About 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, which includes 302 exhibitors from 22 states.

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Frosty Anderson’s sales territory for Bestway Inc. sprayers is northeast Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota, but at last year’s Colorado Farm Show he sold a couple of sprayers to customers from the Western Slope.

It’s that kind of “booming” reach to new clientele that makes the show one of his favorites on the annual exhibition circuit.

“This is a good show,” Anderson says as he stands next to a gleaming and hulking agricultural sprayer, its mammoth booms in retracted position, in the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park. He spent an hour Monday afternoon dusting and polishing the 1,200-gallon sprayer inside the vast pavilion.

Huge tractors, combines, planters and other farm equipment, plus a bumper crop of ag-related products and services, are the attractions of the three-day show, which begins today.

A total of 30,000 visitors are expected for the staple Greeley event, which includes

302 exhibitors from 22 states, said Mark Long, the event’s general chairman.

Long said the big rigs are spread mainly between the Exhibition and Events Center halls, but many also will grace the lawn in front of the buildings.

“We have some big tractors in the Events Center, but everyone wants in the Events Center,” he said.

In a corner of the Events Center, Anderson finds that the Bestway equipment gets plenty of exposure – and interest. That’s because there’s no underestimating the importance of a sprayer, especially to large farm operations of 2,000 acres and up.

“It’s No. 2 or No. 3 (in importance). Behind the combine and planter, it’s the sprayer,” he said. “It’s very important in this day and age.”

He explains that this sprayer, which is used to apply fertilizer as well as insecticides and fungicides, features a 90-foot boom that has an outer part made of fiber-composite and an inner side of steel. The boom is durable, he says, and the fiber-composite makes it 70 percent lighter than steel.

During the show, Anderson will answer browsers’ questions and, for the serious shoppers, he will facilitate a sale or direct customers to the dealer in their area. Bestway Inc. is based in Hiawatha, Kan.

This unit retails for $41,000, while the bigger sprayers made by Bestway, the 1,850-gallon units, sell for about $46,000, Anderson says.

The company has also patented what it calls the V-Ride boom suspension system, which allows for a smooth application on bumpy fields, he says. It allows the farmer to travel at speeds of 8 to 12 mph and thereby reduce fuel costs.

“It makes the boom ride real smooth out there,” Anderson says of the suspension system. “You don’t have any big jolts with that boom. It just kind of floats out there, out in those big fields.”


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