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Bobby Volesky, left, product manager for Intelligent Agricultural Solutions, explains how the company's acoustic-based seed monitoring system works during the opening day of the Big Iron farm show in West Fargo. The company's product allows a farmer to use an iPad to assess in real time whether their air seeding system is working as it should.

Big Iron embraces the news


WEST FARGO -- If you're one of those people who like to kick the tires before buying something, there are lots of tires to kick at Big Iron.

And not all of them are attached to mammoth-sized farm machinery.

As Big Iron 2013 officially got underway Tuesday morning at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, Audrey Grant sat in the largely empty grandstand area while her husband, Chad, test drove a new pickup around the fairgrounds racetrack.

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