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Incorporating innovation

The Western Canada Farm Progress Show is now in the books for another year. The last couple of shows have seen significant changes, primarily because the organizers have been increasingly focusing on the new innovations presented by exhibitors.  Prairie manufacturers have been using the event to introduce their new products for several years now, so it’s a natural fit. Getting a chance to see next-year’s equipment makes the show a must-see event. Otherwise you could just take a look around dealers’ lots and see the same things.
This year the show officially recognized twelve new products and technologies. Two received the show’s new Gold Standard Innovations award and 10 others picked up a Sterling (sliver). The winners were picked by a panel of judges made up of industry professionals.
The two companies that the judging panel felt rated in an award in the top category are Seed Master, for its Ultra Pro seed metering system, and Prairie Tech Enterprises for their “Where Abouts” offering.
Seed Master introduced the Ultra Pro canola seed meter late last year. Company president Norbert Beaujot has referred to it as the next best thing to seed singulation for small-seeded crops. The company’s field trials show it provides very even distribution of seeds along the rows. You’ve probably seen it mentioned in a Grainews article or advertisement. Seed Master also won a Sterling award for its new 820-bushel air seeder cart, which made its first public appearance at the show. It’s a radical departure from the company’s previous models.
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Seed Master president Norbert Beaujot accepts a Gold Standard award at the Innovations awards ceremony that kicked off this year’s Western Canada Farm Progress Show. Scott Garvey photo.
Prairie Tech’s Where Abouts is an electronic system designed to alert a machinery operator if a young child wanders too close to operating machinery. The child simply wears an RFID wrist band which causes an in-cab alarm to sound when it gets within a set range.
Show management also announced that its efforts to continually reinvent itself will continue through to next season’s affair. “We are on the way to take the Farm Progress Show to the next level,” said Larry Gregga, show chair.  “The new development will make our event more competitive in both international and domestic markets. These additional activities will ensure our show to be one of the best for industry key players to gather.”
Details on just what those additional activities are won’t be released until later this fall. But if the show continues to motivate manufacturers to give farmers a peek at their prototypes, that is really good news. After all, the prairie is home to most of the world’s cutting-edge R&D when it comes to dry-land seeding technology. Why not let prairie farmers get the first public look at what’s coming down the pike?

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.



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