New Gold and Silver AE50 outstanding innovation awards were presented January 29 at the opening ceremonies of AG CONNECT Expo & Summit 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Gold and Silver awards are a new level of recognition for winners of the AE50 awards, presented annually by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) to acknowledge vital contributions to the industry. Starting this year, ASABE is partnering with AG CONNECT to honor the “best of the best” from among the products selected from the previous two years of AE50 award winners.

The special awards will be presented biennially in conjunction with AG CONNECT and will be highlighted in a special display at the event.

Judges for the Gold and Silver awards include seven agricultural equipment editors and two ASABE member engineers.

Winners of the 2013 Gold and Silver AE50 outstanding innovation awards are:

Gold Awards

AGCO Corporation – WR Series Self Propelled Windrower

DuPont Crop Protection – DuPont PrecisionPac Herbicide Dispensing System

John Deere – Machine Sync

Spectrum Technologies Inc. - FieldScout® GreenIndex+

Silver Awards

Case IH Agriculture – Robo-Sharpener

Great Plains Manufacturing Inc. – Centurion CDA600 Cultivator Drill

HYPRO-Pentair Water – Express End Cap

HYPRO-Pentair Water – Scorpio Spray Valve

John Deere – 7R Series Tractor

TeeJet Technologies – Sentry 6140 Tip Flow Monitor

To view photos and complete descriptions of Gold and Silver awards products, go to and click on Gold and Silver Awards.