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AE50 Awards Recognize New Technology in Farm Machinery

By No-Till Farmer Editors

For 29 years, members of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) have recognized the most innovative advancements in engineering in the areas of agriculture, food and biological systems with the AE50 Award.

The equipment honored by ASABE saves farmers time and reduces costs and labor, all while improving user safety. Below you will find a sampling of the winners of this year’s AE50 Awards. For a look at all of this year’s winners, click here.


The CDS-John Blue Visagage Orifice Selector system is a self-contained orifice device that allows the user to quickly change between four different orifice sizes at each row without any line disassembly. This system eliminates messy traditional orifice plate changes where fertilizer lines must be opened. Changing between orifice sizes is as simple as rotating a dial on top of the unit, and the four positions are clearly marked.


The Dickey-john IntelliAg ISO6 is a six-channel, ISOBUS-compatible control and monitor system that allows planters and seeders to apply multiple material types, such as seeding, granular and liquid, from one module. The software design reduces hardware needs by integrating advanced seed monitoring, section control with virtual switches and implement fold control.


The patent-pending Graham Pro Electric Drive is a 100% wirelessly controlled system that features 12 volt DC brushless motors with RF wireless control boards integrated into each motor end cap. This innovation reduces cost of row-by-row variable rate retrofit and allows one motor to control multiple…

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