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It is time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions competition.

We had loads of great entries last year and we are hoping for the same again this time.

The format remains the same, so if you have made something small and less complicated you are still in with a chance of winning the top cash prize.

See also: Serial inventors reveal their home-made farm kit

Categories

As usual we’ll split the entries into three categories: simple, intermediate and complex.

Simple – those machines that took a day-or-so to knock together but still save you time and money

Intermediate machines – anything more complicated, perhaps with some simple form of hydraulic or electric system, that took longer to build

Complex – inventions that have taken days, weeks or even years to design and build. They usually involve an engine or fairly complicated combinations of electrics and hydraulics.

Who is eligible to enter?

Farmers, contractors, farm managers and workers are welcome.

What if I’ve entered my design in other competitions in the past?

Don’t worry, that won’t exclude you.

What are the prizes?

The winner of each of the three categories gets £400, while the runners-up each get £100.

Will you feature the winners?

All six winning inventions will be featured in Farmers Weekly and online. Many of the machines that you see on the stands at shows such Lamma and Cereals start life in the farm workshop, so it’s a great opportunity to get your ideas in the shop window.

How do I enter?

Just send some brief details about how the machine works and what you use it for to fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk. You’ll also need to attach a couple of pictures and a contact phone number so that we can get in touch.