FIELD days are all about bigger and better products and this year's Yorke Peninsula Field Days proved no exception.
A stream of croppers paid a lot of attention to the giant Case IH 9120 combine - the feature exhibit on the company's stand at last week's bi-annual three-day Paskeville event - and big ticket items of major competitors, such as John Deere, New Holland and AGCO Massey Ferguson, which had upped the ante in power and capacity.
Click here to view photos of some of the products on display at the YP Field Days.
But with a large number of farmers taking advantage of the Federal Government's taxation investment allowance before June 30, many smaller machinery dealers had the upper hand, with strong demand for haying equipment, grain handling machinery, soil working tools and electronic monitoring gear.
The field days itself - with a record attendance of more than 40,000 - was a resounding success, attracting high numbers of national and international exhibitors displaying many cost and labour-saving items.
Some of the overseas offerings included the United Kingdom- developed Multidrive truck/tractor unit, its companion Chafer sprayer machine, tillage gear from the Americas and a range of European equipment.
Leading the charge with new Australian equipment was a locally-developed seeding bar - the SA-Bar - several hay handling and feed-out items and a range of hay-curing equipment.
Possibly the most disappointed exhibitor was Vennings, of Kadina.
Unable to meet the extraordinary demand for their own popular manufactures' range of grain handling equipment, brothers Richard and Robert Venning linked up with a South American manufacturer to distribute a range of electronically-monitored chaser bins.
Shipping delays prevented the brothers showing the new and well advertised bins, which arrived at Port Adelaide on the opening day of event - too late to get them to Paskeville.
With farmers and carriers in South Australia liable for overloads in the grain cartage process, Richard believes the bins will be popular with farmers and carriers.
Next year, Vennings plans to incorporate the electronic weighing mechanism (as an option) into all its locally-made field and chaser bins
Field days administrator Elaine Bussenschutt said "exhibitors were absolutely thrilled, with many saying it was their best ever field day".
"The rain we had the week before meant everyone came to the field days with more optimism," she said.