A machinery awards scheme that recognises the best new farm equipment on the market kicks off this month, as David Cousins explains
It’s been a long time since there was a national farm machinery awards scheme. But a new scheme, organised by the Cereals Event and supported by the AEA, The Institution of Agricultural Engineers, The Royal Agricultural University and Farmers Weekly, kicks off this month.
It’s called the International Machinery Manufacturers’ Awards and it aims to reward companies who have produced machines that show particular innovation, effectiveness and value.
Who can enter?
The scheme is open to all companies that sell farm machinery in the UK, whether the equipment is home-grown or made elsewhere.
There are four categories – cultivations equipment, harvest machinery, sprayers and tractors. Cultivations equipment could range from ploughs to power harrows and from rolls to strip-till drills. Harvest machinery could include everything from combines to chaser bins and trailers to grain dryers.
Meanwhile, sprayers could include mounted, trailed or self-propelled models and any related equipment such as nozzles, bowsers and nurse tanks. The final category is tractors.
All machines entered must have been launched in the past 18 months, but they don’t have to be exhibited at the Cereals Event.
Who will be judging it?
Prof Dick Godwin, Harper Adams University (soils and cultivation); Prof Toby Mottram, Royal Agricultural University (robotics); Peter Redman (IAgrE); Prof Paul Miller, NIAB (sprayer expert); Philip Clappison, 2013 Farmers Weekly Contractor of the Year; Roger Lane-Nott (AEA) and David Cousins, Farmers Weekly.
What are the judges looking for?
The independent judging panel will be looking for the most innovative products on the market, using the following criteria – innovation, cost-effectiveness and value.
Prizes will be awarded on the first day of the show, 11 June. The winning machines will be shown on a special stand at the Cereals event, where they can be viewed by farmers.
When is the closing date?
25 April 2014.
Can farmers nominate machines too?
Yes, just go to the Cereals Event website at www.cerealsevent.co.uk/immas where you can nominate recently purchased machines of your own that you think are particularly praiseworthy.