Much of the best new ideas in Prairie farming technology took shape in long winter evenings in farm workshops. Ag Days recognizes those contributions with the Inventor’s Showcase, an annual competition to recognize new products that lower costs, increase efficiency or perform new tasks. 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 encouraged.
“Last year’s showcase was won by Intra Grain for its new grain-monitoring solution product,” says Jonothon Roskos, Manitoba Ag Days co-ordinator. Intra Grain 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 Clean Seed Technologies, which was given a plaque and $500 cash from Manitoba Ag Days and an advertising package from the Manitoba Co-operator.
Roskos says there are 10 companies and individuals signed up for the 2015 Inventor’s Showcase competition from a wide range of new technology in farming operations.
“We have entries that range from a smartphone app that allows farmers to easily track their grain cart weight with a data-management system, to an online web-based program for pesticide selection of multiple pests in an array of crops, to an automated grain bin lid opener,” Roskos says.
There are also entrants from agricultural services such as an online grain marketplace that seeks to efficiently connect grain buyers and sellers. There are entrants from a new patented bolt-latch fender extensions for high-clearance sprayers and a loading monitoring system for grain trailers.
Another contender is a new model for a ditch-drainage machine, and the debut of the CX-6 SMART Seeder. The competition also includes a PTO-driven auger water pump and a drift-reduction system for sprayers.