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Recognition for Huntly based manufacturer at the RHAS Technical Innovation Awards

By David Porter

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The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has announced the 2021 winners of the Technical Innovation Awards, with one gold, six silver and five certificates of commendations being awarded.

Applicants were once again invited to enter online with judging taking place virtually.

This year saw Calibrate earn gold for their Heatpump Heat/Chill 6MW System.

The grain drying system means users can enjoy a hands off approach as it can be operated via a cloud-based system, enabling Calibrate to monitor all aspects of the process and tariff generation meters online.

Huntly based Graintek UK were awarded silver for their baby portable grain dryer which is designed to be the smallest portable grain dryer that can dry by using continuous or batch mode.

Also earning a Silver this year is Kubota UK for their M7003 Premium KVT tractor and the BV Series TIM round baler and Massey Ferguson for their MF 8S Tractor.

Safe Forestry by Safe Worksite earned a silver award for their Safe Forestry App,

It focusses on health and safety, ensuring that all risk assessments and documentation such as training and maintenance of equipment is in one place and up to date.

Also joining the silver winners was the Small Robot Company for their end to end per plant farming.

The multi-robot's end-to-capabilities were demonstrated to deliver per plant weeding, which is a world first.

One robot scans fields for weeds, which are processed and detected by Wilma, an artificial intelligence advice engine, devising a weed treatment plan.

Then a second robot is activated to go to the very same spot, ID the weed, and kill it.

Benefits include cutting chemicals and emissions by up to 95 per cent, delivery of Net Zero targets, and increasing yields by up to 20 tonnes per hectare for wheat, from the current UK average of 8.5.

Smart Farmer were also presented with silver for their Smart Farmer App, a simple user-friendly cloud-based software system and mobile app specifically designed for agriculture.

t records editable daily machinery safety checks, sharing machinery issues between operators on farm, logging usage hours and service notifications.

Earning a commendation were 5|Agri for their Agri Ignite, a farm business software for farmers and agricultural consultants.

Also awarded a Commendation was McHale for their Orbital Bale Wrapper. SmartRural for the Smart Rural App, Spread-a-Bale for their Spread-a-Bale balers, the HD and XL and UBCO Bikes for the world’s first electrically powered 2wd utility bike built specifically for agricultural users.

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