Inventors’ Showcase back for 2016

Entrants include farmer-developed innovations for grain and livestock operations

A web-based program for pesticide selection won last year at the Manitoba Ag Days Inventors’ Showcase, besting a second-place tablet-based grain cart-weighing system. What will win this year?

“We have entries that range from a calf catcher to a safety gate to a robotic tractor to automated grain bin lid openers,” says Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days general manager. “There are three second-year exhibitors who are back from last year with improvements and 10 first-year exhibitors. This feature attraction will not disappoint you. Make sure you check it out in Barn 4 at the show.”

The Inventors’ Showcase is an annual competition at Manitoba Ag Days to encourage individuals and companies to develop products that will assist farmers in achieving greater efficiency in their farming operations. All inventions submitted are considered candidates regardless of whether designed by individuals or companies. Consistent with the flavour and tone of Manitoba Ag Days, exhibits developed by farm operators are very much encouraged.

“Last year’s showcase was won by AgChem Expert for an online, web-based program for pesticide selection,” says Phillips. “AgChem Expert was presented with a plaque and $1,000 cash from Manitoba Ag Days and an advertising package from the Manitoba Co-operator. Second place was awarded to Agrimatics for its tablet-based grain cart-weighing system. Agrimatics was given a plaque and $500 cash from Manitoba Ag Days and an advertising package from the Manitoba Co-operator.”

Second place in the Inventors’ Showcase in 2015 was awarded to Agrimatics for 
its tablet-based grain cart-weighing system.

Second place in the Inventors’ Showcase in 2015 was awarded to Agrimatics for 
its tablet-based grain cart-weighing system.
photo: Jennifer Paige

Phillips says there are 13 companies and individuals signed up for the 2016 Inventors’ Showcase competition from a wide range of new technology in farming operations.

The 2016 Inventors’ Showcase focuses on all aspects of farming operations and, judging by the quality of entrants, it will be a tight competition for top spot with so many new items and services to better efficiencies in Manitoba’s farming community.

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