The only sparks and grinding that went into making this year’s Inventors’ Showcase entrants into winners was all in their heads.
Software replaced metal as the judge’s top two picks in this year’s lineup of new inventions at Manitoba Ag Days.
The top prize this year went to the Alberta-based Decisive Farming for its Know-Risk Management software designed to help farmers decide when to market their crop based on margins, rather than prices.
“It’s really about taking the emotion out of decision-making when it comes to marketing the crop,” says general manager Remi Schmaltz.
The product retails for a flat fee of $9,900 a year for any size of farm, but the expense is eligible for partial coverage under the Growing Forward program.
The second-place prize went to WellTraxx, a software designed to assist farmers with managing surface leases to oil companies. It identifies for landowners when the rental cheques are due, and when contracts are up for review so the process can be initiated. The product is available for an annual subscription fee of $600.
The first-place winner receives a plaque, $1,000 from the Ag Days committee and an advertising package from the Manitoba Co-operator. The second-place finisher receives a plaque, $500 and an advertising package.
Winner of the Best New Product Award was Wall Grain with its bin moisture cables product.