The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2020 New Product Contest. The contest attracts new irrigation and specialty products and technologies introduced in the last year. It is usually held during the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week, but this year the IA hosted it online. By going virtual, the new products and technologies entered in the contest were given expanded coverage through dedicated product profile pages on the IA’s Education Week+ website.
This year’s contest included new products and technologies entered in the ag irrigation and ag specialty categories. Products were evaluated based on innovation, design quality, increased water/resource-use efficiency, ease of use and product life expectancy. Contest judges were experienced professionals with technical knowledge and industry expertise. Official judging was conducted via Zoom Nov. 16-17.
The Nelson All-Flo Pressure Regulator has several unique design features that reduce plugging, minimize friction loss and increase accuracy compared to previous designs. It also has increased flow capacity to reduce inventory and installed system cost.
The Toro Company
Sweet Spot is a 6/8-inch ID Aqua-Traxx drip tape. With Sweet Spot, growers get the perfect tape to split the difference between 5/8- and 7/8-inch ID tape, enabling them to achieve longer runs than 5/8-inch tape and lower costs than 7/8-inch tape.
In addition to the official judging, the IA offered a new People’s Choice Award, where those viewing the entries online could pick their favorites. The following products were the winners of the People’s Choice.
The 2020 New Product Contest was sponsored by Rain Bird Corporation. Visit www.irrigationshow.org for more details about the contest and to see the full showcase of new product entries.