Innovation is at the forefront of Agriculture and we wanted to maintain our momentum with our Innovation Showcase! There were 44 entries this year in 7 categories. Our judges had a difficult time choosing the winners and runner ups in each category. Brad Crammond, Manitoba Ag Days Co-Chairmen and the Chair of the Innovation Judging Committee told us “Our committee had such a tough time this year selecting the winners. The depth of this field and the unbelievable quality in the entries this year was outstanding. Our committee took the approach of what innovation would have the biggest impact on the entire sector of that category; which wasn’t always easy but we feel like we have selected the best choices for each category”. For more information of all 44 entries please go to www.agdays.com/innovations
Manitoba Ag Days would like to thank Glacier FarmMedia for joining us as the Presenting Sponsor of the Innovation Showcase. Glacier FarmMedia is a long standing sponsor of our show and a huge supporter of our Innovation Showcase. Together we would like to announce the Winner and Runner up in each category! The Winners will receive a banner from Manitoba Ag Days to display proudly in their business, $1000 cash from Manitoba Ag Days, a $1000 advertising voucher from Glacier FarmMedia, and a 60 second video created with our videographer. The runner ups will receive $500 cash from Manitoba Ag Days and a $500 advertising voucher from Glacier FarmMedia.
Without further ado: YOUR WINNERS!
Agribusiness Services Category sponsored by: CountryGuide
Winner – AGvisorPRO – AGvisorPRO’s connectivity platform instantly connects people in agriculture, directly and globally, to deliver sustainable solutions through a network of premium, specialized experts. We match you to the right person to answer your questions via audio, video, chat, and photos. Sessions are archived.
Runner up –AGI – AGI SureTrack is a complete crop management and marketing solution for the connected farm. It offers seed selection, bin monitoring, grain conditioning, field data analysis, grain marketing and bookkeeping through mobile or desktop. Growers can secure their harvest until they’re ready to sell. Buyers can source quality ingredients from the farm.
Ag Technology Category sponsored by: Farmzilla
Winner – Adaptive Ag Solutions – The next evolution in grain cables! Binstick is an electronic and mobile ready, rigid, modular, expandable and portable grain bin probe that contains Temperature and Humidity sensors for improved grain bin monitoring and grain drying.
Runner up – Metos Canada – iMETOS MobiLab, the easy-to-use soil and plant sap lab, quickly and accurately measures nutrients to save you time and money when making your fertilizer application decisions. Real-time, geo-referenced results integrate with FieldClimate software to ensure you have data when you need it to make the right decisions now.
Agronomics Category sponsored by: Manitoba Cooperator
Winner – Bayer CropScience – New BUTEO start is a powerful seed treatment that provides immediate and effective protection from striped and crucifer flea beetles, giving your canola outstanding resilience in the crucial early stages. Start your season strong with BUTEO start.
Tied for Runner up – Aberhart Ag Solutions – ZMC-Grow is a premium zinc and manganese containing foliar fertilizer extracted from recycled metals, unique in its field. In the process, zinc and manganese are extracted and purified from used alkaline batteries and reclaimed copper.
Tied for Runner up – Koch Agronomic Services – ANVOL® nitrogen stabilizer from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch), featuring the patented active ingredient — Duromide — delivers the longest-lasting urease inhibitor protection over a wider range of soil environments. Utilizing Duromide, ANVOL protects your nitrogen investment against ammonia volatilization while also reducing overall labor demands
Farm Built Solutions Category sponsored by: The Western Producer
Winner – Bar C Innovations – The Quick Pin Hitch Pin is a new, innovated and redesigned hitch pin. It is faster and makes it easier for the unhooking of implements. It is perfect for balers in case of a fire, gravity wagons, anhydrous tanks, and unhooking with a one-man operation. When the weight of a unit is distributed on the tongue and pin, this can make it very difficult to pull the pin out; the quick pin solves this issue.
Runner up – Culross Commodities Ltd – The Bin-brella – The Bin-Brella is an auger mounted protective shield that sheds rain from entering a grain bin. This ends the need to lift the auger and climb the bin to close the lid, all while wearing muddy boots in the pouring rain. Made of durable polyethylene
Farm Safety Category sponsored by: Grainews
Winner – The Tiregrabber – The TireGrabber Reversible is a unique invention designed to easily attach to any existing hydraulic system and provides a user friendly method of safely and efficiently handling a broad scope of tires from 40″”-89″”.
Runner up – Fencefast – The Serca Fence strainer is the easiest to use wire fence straining tool on the market today. No pinch points, no spring-back, no jamming, no stress!
Agricultural Equipment Category sponsored by: AGDealer
Winner – Norbin – Complete bolt-together hopper with FULL FLOOR AERATION. 100% galvanized steel. Special perforation design allows for excellent airflow and works with all sizes of grain and seeds.
Runner up – Wilger Industries – Wilger’s new Quick-Flange Sprayer Plumbing System is about building the best sprayer boom there is. Wilger’s Quick Flange System provides the best of chemical rinsing & recirculation, passive air purge and improving durability & design, it becomes a powerhouse of sprayer efficiency. There are no threaded fittings, dead spaces, trapped air, or other shortfalls of current booms.
Animal and Livestock Category sponsored by: The Canadian Cattlemen
Winner – Arrowquip – The Q-Catch 87 Series Portable Cattle Chute, Alley, and Collapsible Cattle Tub is the most unique cattle handling system of its time. Key features of the new portable cattle handling system include: All-new collapsible cattle tub design on Arrowquip portable cattle handling systems; folding tub tows within the wheel track which eliminates the industry standard 8′ overhand; a compact tub making the unit significantly safer and easier to tow; a simple and efficient setup in just 5 minutes and a new 18′ alley section providing space for more cattle in the lead-up without adding extra length, thanks to the collapsible tub.
Runner up- BinSentry – The solar-powered BinSentry IoT sensor, installs in less than 10 minutes and accurately monitors on-farm feed inventory to increase feed mill and livestock producer efficiency by delivering actionable real-time insights, driving cost-savings.
The Winner of each category above will be the 7 finalists for the competition. We will be hosting a virtual Manitoba Ag Days Innovation Showcase Showdown on January 14th at 9 AM Manitoba Time. The 7 finalists will go head to head in a good old fashion showdown to gain your vote. Producers will have the opportunity to ask questions of the finalists during the showdown. We ask that everyone please pre-register for the Zoom webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z6BDe9IyRgGpDm6VtujdZw
Producers will then have the opportunity to get involved by voting for the FARMERS CHOICE GRAND PRIZE CHAMPION. Farmers can log onto www.agdays.com/vote2021 to vote for their favorite innovation. Producers can vote once every 24 hours from January 11th to 22nd, 2021 with the Winner being announced on January 25th at 1030 AM.
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