Highlighting a wide spectrum of innovations, the Lamma Innovation Awards brings to light the efforts and inventiveness of agricultural manufacturing.
Promoting innovation in agriculture, Lamma’s Innovation Awards has always been a jewel in the show’s crown, with 2019 set to be no exception.
To celebrate the show’s move to the NEC, Birmingham, the awards have been given a thorough refresh which sees one gold medal and up to three silver medals awarded to companies in each of the six reinvigorated innovation categories.
Taking into account design innovation, practical impact on the farming or contracting business, sustainability of the product, impact to the environment and safety features, the awards shine a light on innovations both great and small.
All category winners and runner-ups have now been selected (see panels), with a champion of champions to be decided at the Lamma Show.
As well as the six main categories, there is also the continued IVEL Award, presented by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers, which recognises an innovation’s contribution to the environment.
To view all the award winning innovations in person, for 2019 we have developed the Lamma Innovation trail which visitors to the show can follow via the map below, or by downloading the Lamma Show app from all the usual places.
Gold: Garford Farm Machinery, Robocrop baby salad leaf hoe
Combating increasing restrictions placed on herbicide weed control, Garford’s baby salad leaf hoe is designed for delicate hoeing in crops working at narrow row spacings below 50mm.Using inter row technology and disc steering, 5mm accuracy is achieved providing maximum weed control using unique shares for minimal soil disturbance, says the manufacturer.
The judges described the innovation as an impressive development bringing together a range of engineering principles to produce a highly technical hoe suited to a critical market. Furthermore, they remarked the hoe addresses the need for reliable performance when dealing with very small leaf crops.
Silver: SOYL, MySOYL yield insight tool
Offering improved visualisation of field performance, MySOYL is a web-based management tool which enables growers to view and analyse their precision data and use it to make better business decisions.
Gold: JF Hudson, AktivPuls milking cluster and liner concept
Designed to improve udder health, particularly when it comes to lowering somatic cell counts and reducing mastitis cases, German milking technology specialist AktivPuls, imported into the UK by JF Hudson, has developed a new milking cluster concept.
At the heart of the innovation is the liner which is said to create a more ‘natural’ milking experience, using lower vacuum levels. The liners feature seven zones to adapt to teats of all sizes and are said to last up to 320 per cent longer than conventional liners, while speeding up milking times by 8 per cent.
Silver: Kuhn, Twin reel film binding system
Kuhn’s twin reel film binding system has been designed to tackle the complexities of film binding when round baling, with the ability to use standard sized film rolls.
Silver: Easyfix, Jupiter F cow mattress
Developed to enable the ideal lying position for a dairy cow, the Easyfix Jupiter F cow mattress incorporates an integrated brisket board at the front and pillows on two sides.
Silver: Huesker, Agritec Silage Safe clamp covering system
Agritec Silage Safe is a unique covering system that has been designed to help make covering clamps easier and more efficient.
Gold: Apollo Vredestein, Traxion Optimall tyre
Able to be operated at up to 25 per cent lower pressure in the field than comparable VF (very high flexation) tyres currently in the market, Vredestein’s new Traxion Optimall tyre has been designed to improve traction while at the same time reduce soil compaction.
A key design trait is the highly flexible sidewall, which sees the shoulder area support the carcass at low pressure for extreme deflection, says the manufacturer.
For road work, a specially designed rigid upper bead zone supports the stability of the tyre at low pressure.
Silver: Bombardier Recreational Products, Can-Am ATV anti–lock braking system
Preventing lock-ups and loss of control, Can-Am has developed an anti-lock braking system for its Outlander and Renegade models.
Gold: Sparex, Connix LED magnetic wireless lighting system
Inspired by the need for an easy-to-use and effective update to trailer lights, Connix is a wireless LED lighting set consisting of two magnetic LED lights and a seven pin plug.
With the ability to be used on practically any vehicle, the kit functions as indicators, hazard lights, brake lights, as well as a vehicle registration highlight.
The judges said the innovation is well thought out, has identified a need within the industry and certainly fills a big safety requirement with wider uses outside of agriculture.
Silver: Herdwatch, Farm Medicine Scanner
Using technology in a smart phone, the Farm Medicine Scanner makes recording medicines easier and quicker.
Gold: Herbst Machinery, Agri Screen three-way screener
Ideal for agricultural contractors and farmers looking to diversify, the Herbst Compac Screen is a three-way split screener, able to be towed behind a tractor.
The screen consists of a screen box with a pan feeder, with material fed directly onto a two-deck screening area. Material is then separated into three different fractions, with the machine producing three-stock piles of material, says the manufacturer.
The screener features its own power unit and hydraulics, making it self-sufficient when parked up and operating on site, says Herbst.
Silver: Forest Master, Zero Hand Trucks zero pivot system
Reducing lifting effort, Forest Master’s innovation is a range of sack trucks that are all equipped with its patented Zero Pivot System.
Silver: Howseman Agriculture, six row drip tape laying unit
Tackling the issue of depth control, Howseman has developed a fully adjustable drip tape irrigation laying unit.
Gold: Martin Lishman, ImpacTrack data logger
Designed to replicate the movement characteristics of fruit and vegetables prone to damage and bruising during handling and transport, Martin Lishman has developed ImpacTrack, a low-cost data logger featuring a family of synthetic food shapes.
At the hub of each shape is a small data logger cube. Via Bluetooth transmitter, they allow real-time monitoring or recording of damage and temperature during handling at any stage from the field to the shop floor.
The judges commented ImpacTrack demonstrated a truly innovative product with a real market need, with potential benefits to food waste and product quality.
Silver: Agri-Innovation Solutions, Veenhuis Nutri Flow real time slurry analysis
Nutriflow uses near infrared spectroscopy technology to monitor in real time N, P, K and ammonium levels in slurries, allowing application rates to be carried out more precisely and improve data logging.
Silver: Agrifac, AiCPlus camera-guided spot spraying
Allowing spot spraying of crops, the AiCPlus Camera system offers an immediate analyses of the crop, enabling the sprayer to only spray the desired quantities onto the plant.
Silver: Hampton Steel, Versalok metal intermediate post and clip system
Designed and manufactured by Hampton Steel, Versalok improves the versatility of metal fencing posts by catering to a wide variety of wire types.
As well as picking up a silver innovation award, Veenhuis’ Nutri Flow was also recognised for its beneficial contribution to the environment.
The system was developed on the back of a requirement in the Netherlands for each load of liquid manure moved from farm to have a sample taken, analysed by a laboratory and recorded – an often lengthy and costly process.
To combat this, Veenhuis developed an analysis system which can be incorporated onto a slurry tanker or slurry application rig giving real time data analysis.