The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2013 New Product Contest during the general session at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 4 – 8, Austin, Texas.


“With 50 entries, this was the largest contest we’ve had since its inception,” said 2013 – 2014 IA President Warren Thoma. “This number says great things about the status of innovation in our industry.”


The contest highlights innovative products introduced to market in the last year in three categories: agriculture, landscape/golf and specialty. Each entry was judged on innovative and/or “changed for the better” qualities, increased water efficiency, ease of use, cost benefits, time savings and design quality.


Judges named a winner and two honorable mentions in each category:


 


Agriculture


Winner: Waterman Industries, FlowMetrix System


Honorable Mention: Lindsay Corporation, NFTrax


Honorable Mention: Jain Irrigation Inc., Turbo Tape PC


 


Landscape/Golf


Winner: The Toro Company, Toro EVOLUTION Series Controller


Honorable Mention: Hydro-Rain, HRC990 Battery-Powered Controller and Moisture Sensor Plug-In


Honorable Mention: Rain Bird Corporation, ESP – SMTE


 


Specialty


Winner: Hydro-Rain, Irrigation Audit App and Hydro-Rain Sprinkler Catch Cups


Honorable Mention: Illumicare Group Limited, Woody


Honorable Mention: RainHarvest Systems, RainMaster 5100 Pro Rainwater Harvesting System

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