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Inventors’ Showcase at Ag Days highlights innovation

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Once again there’s a chance to see the latest and greatest in new equipment

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Scher Grain Photo: Supplied

Agriculture is a business where innovation is important.


The farmers who selected and adopt the right technology at the right time tend to win out over time.


Agriculture inventors know this and they’ll be front and centre at this year’s Ag Days through the annual Inventors’ Showcase.


The event is also a crowd favourite too, fuelled by the enthusiasm of the inventors, who are excited to show their invention to the world, in many cases for the first time. 


This year attendees will see everything from conveyer systems to mowers, weed control applicators, water purifiers and drone engagement systems. The creative minds of agriculture inventors are constantly seeking to find new products that will strike a chord with producers.


This year there are 14 submissions to the competition. Organizers say on the new product front, things are really ramping up. From quieter dryers to smaller track loaders to improving yields, new agricultural products are sure to raise the eyebrows of all — and the wallets of a few.


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GEM-L

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The Wilson Pacesetter trailer, equipped with the AgriLite conveyer system is a better way to fill air seeders, deep banders and spreaders at a rate of over 4,000 pounds a minute. When time is money, this is a time- and cash-conserving option.


With more than 10 feet of ‘swing’ you won’t need to stop in the middle of things to reposition equipement, you’ll just fill and go.


This easily operated system has two control panels and a remote control. It also takes less than an hour to drop the conveyor from the trailer, allowing it to be used for regular grain hauling year round.


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Tide Industries

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Looking for a one-pass weed control solution for the yard? Estevan, Sask.-based Tide Industries thinks it’s got the answer for you.


Its Zero Spray fits on the front of most common brands of zero-turn mowers. It comes fully assembled and pressure tested from factory. It mounts easily without any modification to the mower and goes from box to spraying in minutes. 


It has a simple on/off foot switch, high-quality wand and ultra-low-drift spray nozzles. They say their customers tell them it is the best landscape sprayer they have ever used. 


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Bradford

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Have you ever wanted to control those pesky weeds that are standing out taller than the crop itself? 


They’ve got no competition up there above the canopy and are just robbing your yield by the day. Bradford suggests you take a close look at its new wick applicator for just these tough problems.


It allows you to set the wick to a height where it brushes the weeds you want to control and delivers a targeted chemical application while leaving the crop itself untreated and undamaged. 


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Dugouts-to-RO


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Dugouts-to-RO
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Affordable drinking water has always been a challenge for a lot of farms. If they’re not lucky enough to have a below-ground source of potable water they’ve been forced to haul water, get by on untreated surface water, or some combination of the two.


Utilizing a process that was perfected over a 12-year span the Dugouts-to-RO system converts dugout water into affordable, safe, clean, potable water. The system does not use salt, chemicals or chlorination while generating no waste water which conventional reverse osmosis systems do. Using RO technology and ultraviolet lights the Dugouts-to-RO system provides a four-stage process for the removal of contaminants and pathogens with the end result being pure, safe water. 


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Roga Drone

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Roga Drone is the first company in Canada to receive a special flight operating certificate from Transport Canada for aerial application of pesticide by UAV. The Kray protection UAV uses ultra-low-volume spraying technology and is a compound multi-rotor UAV capable of speeds up to 110 km/h. It incorporates LiDAR obstacle avoidance and has terrain follow to fly one metre over crop canopy. It has pre-flight mission planning and can be flown fully autonomously. The productivity range is from 300-500 ha/day.


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Devloo Canola Crusher

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The Devloo Canola Crusher is the fastest, most convenient way to check green count in canola seed. It is compact, portable and easy to use, requires no batteries or hydro. For durability, stainless steel, high-grade aluminum and shaft bushings are used. The base has rubber pads for traction. To operate simply drop a canola sample into the seed hopper, turn the hand crank four turns, and in seconds you have a sample ready for inspection with the seed arranged on tape and crushed.

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Copperhead Closing Wheel

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Copperhead Ag produces the best research and time-proven closing wheels in the agriculture industry. Invented by farmers, tested by farmers, Copperhead Ag Closing Wheels produce the return on your seed investment.


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Prairie Grain Analyzers

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Prairie Grain Analyzers is the manufacturer of the first Canadian portable, digital moisture analyzer. The MA-404 moisture analyzer provides precise moisture and meter reading results at operating temperatures of -20 C to 65 C. It includes a colour touch screen, built-in printer, Wi-Fi connectivity for remote updates, and a USB port that allows the user to label and store data on an Excel spreadsheet which can be accessed later on a computer.

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BushelPlus

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BushelPlus is a remote-controlled drop pan system that attaches to any combine without wiring. The operator has the choice of two different drop pan sizes that fit in different crop conditions and will release from a remote. For fast sample cleaning right in the field, the set includes our unique BushelPlus separator unit. Provided is a field scale and reference guide to quickly determine your harvest loss.

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The BinKnocker


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The BinKnocker
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The BinKnocker is a very simple tool to measure product levels inside of metal grain, fertilizer and frac sand bins from the ground on the outside of the bin. It is essentially a hockey puck on a loop of rope suspended on the outside of the bin by stainless steel brackets. In a matter of seconds one can unfasten the rope from the cleat, raise or lower the rope and flick it against the side of the bin. The hollow or full sound is unmistakable. You know instantly where that product is at.

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Scher Grain

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Looking for a safe, easy, and fast way to measure combine losses? With today’s large horsepower combines many growers are throwing profits out of the back of the combines due to excessive travel speeds or poor settings. Scher Grain believes that the most money you can make per hour farming may be properly setting your combine. Invented to help farmers by farmers.

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Soaring Eagle

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It’s not just a swing auger. It’s not just a drive-over. The Soaring Eagle is a bit of both, combining the best attributes for a quick and easy unload at the bin.


You drive over and begin unloading, using the ability to swing the conveyor from hopper to hopper to eliminate time-wasting truck movements. 


Its very low 2.5-inch height profile ensures easy passage over top, and it folds up and transports with ease just like any swing-auger would.

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Fencefast


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The STOCKade ST400i is the worlds’ first four-mm, nine-gauge cordless power fencing stapler that makes fencing better, faster, safer. The ST400i is a cordless, portable, powerful stapler designed to make efficient use of time spent fencing.

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Dave’s Welding Shop

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How would you like the benefits of tile drainage without the use of expensive tile pipes?


Dave’s Welding Shop has a simple, towable machine that pulls a large steel ‘bullet’ through fields to a depth of five feet, creating underground drainage tunnels.


Because you’re not laying pipe, you can travel much faster, and it’s cheaper too, because it doesn’t require that material. 


It works in all field conditions and is GPS, RTK and LiDAR compatible.

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