After a hiatus due to COVID-19 in 2020, the irrigation industry was back in action and in person for the annual Irrigation Show that showcases the best in the industry. This year, the show focused on elevating the popular show floor to bring those attending both the familiar events as well as new additions to grow their business. With over 190 exhibitors, the trade show welcomed thousands of attendees to explore, learn and connect.
The annual new product contest features the newest irrigation products and technologies to hit the market. Expert judges evaluated the products in November, and the winners were announced on Dec. 9 live on the Irrigation Show floor.
Congratulations to the 2021 winners:
The Toro Automation System is a cloud-based system for management of agricultural irrigation based on base stations and devices to control valves and report sensor feedback. It allows for more flexible water input scheduling based on precision irrigation.
Jain Water Management Services takes a highly integrated approach to generate intelligent irrigation schedules, observing plant responses using satellite imaging while monitoring soil moisture conditions, weather and field irrigation events and providing irrigation consulting for maximizing water-use efficiency and improved yields.
Visit www.irrigationshow.org to view all of the products entered in this year’s contest.
Innovation Row was a new addition to the 2021 Irrigation Show. It featured startup irrigation companies looking to promote their technologies to the irrigation industry. These companies took the stage in a Pitch Competition on the show floor, and winners were announced Dec. 9.
Congratulations to the agriculture Pitch Competition winner:
Soiltech offers a complete farm management solution — a wireless soil moisture, temperature, humidity, GPS location and crop damage sensor that helps to optimize irrigation, reduce inputs and organize manpower.
Read more about all the Innovation Row ag startups here.
The IA partnered with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to present the 6th Decennial National Irrigation Symposium during the show. This event occurs every 10 years and included three days of presentations covering the latest irrigation research and important topics affecting the industry.
IA University also returned in person with the IA offering its respected courses providing core curriculum for irrigation professionals. Many irrigation professionals also took the opportunity to get IA-certified by taking an exam during the show.
Make plans now to attend the 2022 Irrigation Show and Education Week Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas. The 2022 event will co-locate with the National Ground Water Association. Watch www.irrigationshow.org in the coming months for more information.