Farm Progress

Top 50 innovations in agricultural engineering


November 6, 2012

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This month Resource magazine, the official publication of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), published its list of the top 50 innovations in agricultural engineering for 2013.  This annual awards contest, called AE50, recognizes “products and technologies deemed to bring clear advancements to the marketplace, such as improved efficiency and user safety, and reduced labor and costs.” Entries are judged by an international panel of agricultural engineers. (Note: Farm Industry News has a similar contest, called FINOvation, but our contest covers a wider scope of products and is judged by our farmer-readers.)

In the early years of AE50, circa 1984, most of the innovations focused on the metal. However, ASABE executive director Darrin Drollinger notes a strong showing of information and electronic technologies among the year’s standouts. “The winning products this year focus heavily on controls, electronics, management systems, advanced machines and input/output monitoring,” says Drollinger.

Examples of these high-tech winners include New Holland’s Advanced Operator-Control System, Claas’ C-Motion joystick and Cruise Pilot, Dickey-john’s Instalab 700 grain analyzer, John Deere’s Machine Sync and Remote Display Access, and Spectrum Technologies’ WatchDog Cellular Alert and Field Scout GreenIndex.

Many of these same winners also are contenders for farmers’ favorites, announced in our January 2013 “FINOvation Awards” issue.

A complete list of the 2013 AE50 winners can be found online.


About the Author(s)


Senior Editor, Farm Industry News

Jodie has been a journalist for 15 years, specializing in machinery, technology and precision farming. Prior to Farm Industry News, she worked as a research analyst/editor for Rockwood Research, the former research arm of Farm Journal Media.

Jodie has won numerous writing awards including the Master Writer Program Award, Level IV, from the American Agricultural Editor's Association (AAEA). She has also been recognized for her technical writing skills by the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the Minnesota Magazines and Publications Association. Jodie is an active member of AAEA and currently serves on the board.

A former native of Montevideo, MN, Jodie earned a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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