For all there is to see at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur next week, something big will be missing. "The 96-day corn hybrids that we plant here typically would be ready (to harvest at the show), if we have a normal heat cycle through the summer,” says Matt Jungmann, the show's manager. “Unfortunately, we've had an unseasonably cool summer, and the corn was never able to catch up and mature. In our sixty-year history, this is the first time we haven't been able to harvest because the corn's not ready.”
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The site at Richland Community College has expanded but still is not big enough to hold all of the exhibitors, the newest of which will be on a grassy area adjacent to Progress City USA. More than 100,000 visitors are expected from throughout the U. S. – and more than three dozen other countries. The show alternates between Decatur and a site in Iowa.