After 70 developments were presented, only 61 projects were selected and 17 were highlighted by the jury for their contribution to agribusiness technological development. All awards will be given from March 9 to 12 at Expoagro 2021.
The passion for innovation within the agribusiness sector needs to be recognized. The competition organized by Ternium and Expoagro, in collaboration with the German Agricultural Society (DLG, for its acronym in German), recognizes once again the ingenuity and creativity of Argentine inventors and developers from this area.
The 7th edition of the Ternium Expoagro Award for Agribusiness Innovation set a record in terms of the number of participants and with 70 developments presented for its 12 categories. From those innovations, 61 reached the jury stage, which was held online from November 24 to 27. Then, after the deliberation with the DLG, the final verdict was announced on Monday 30. In this new edition, 9 developments were granted the Gold Medal, another 5 obtained the Silver Medal, 14 were awarded a mention in Industrial Design and other 9 in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
In this regard, Dr. Thomas Rademacher, member of the jury from the University of Bingen, said: "These innovations proved that Argentine agriculture is highly technological. What we have highlighted since 2009 is that the developments presented are generally created for the local market, and there is a huge opportunity to learn about the technology and the forms of construction for the Argentine market." Moreover, he added: "The innovations presented in this contest are at a very high level of development of industrial engineering and agriculture."
The prestigious jury of experts, who give the seal of quality to the Award, included the participation of Sergio Marinelli (AAPRESID), Gustavo Barragán (CEIL), María Borghi (Cideter), Carlos Van Gelderen (Conicet), Gabriel Tinghitella (CREA), Eduardo Croce (FAUBA), Analía Cervini (Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Ministry of Economic and Productive Development), Hernán Ferrari (INTA), Marcelo Marzocchini (INTI), Jorge Francisco Cosiansi (UNC), Fernando Cuenca Revuelta (UNRC), Eduardo Soza (University of Morón), Leopoldo Génova (UNLP and University of Concepción del Uruguay), Héctor Huergo (Clarín Rural), Alfredo Quiroga (External Consultant) and Thilo Keunecke (DLG, organizers of Agritechnica). The international jury evaluates the global impact that these innovations will have.
Gold Medal + Mention in Industrial Design and Good Agricultural Practices
DeepAgro. Robotics category
Development: Weed recognition device in emerged crops.
Marinelli Technology. Robotics category
Development: Unmanned aerial rotatory wing system RUAS-160, a new high precision agricultural tool. Co-developed with INVAP and Cicaré.
Plantium. Robotics category
Development: Multipurpose Agricultural Autonomous Platform.
Plantium. Crop Protection category
Development: OcuWeed – Selective Application System using Artificial Intelligence.
Indecar. Fertilizing category
Development: System of double application of fertilizers and/or seeds applicable to mosquito-type automotive machine.
Los Olivares de Venado Tuerto (MAQTEC). Harvesting category
Development: Rotary and oscillating head with eccentric weights mounted on small gears, high reliability and free of maintenance for harvesting fruit trees, commanded by software to control the frequency, amplitude and angle of the rods.
Gold Medal + Mention in Industrial Design
Dolbi. Harvesting category
Development: DOLBI HAC 5000 Self-propelled Cotton Harvester.
Maizco. Harvesting category
Development: Row-Independent Corn Head.
El Pato Maquinarias Agrícolas. Sowing category
Development: Pneumatic garlic seeder with a three-point tractor hitch.
Silver Medal + Mention in Industrial Design and Good Agricultural Practices
Mario Tanzi. Sowing category
Development: Air drill system of soybean to stream, fine grains and positions of great autonomy and versatility in transport.
Silver Medal + Mention in Good Agricultural Practices
Pauny. Tractors category
Development: Telemetry system for agricultural and road machinery, producer assistance, driver assistance and engine protection, covering the range of diesel engines with electronic fuel management or mechanical injection pump, completely integrated into a module unique with Internet connection via GPRS, framed in the group of IoT, Agro 4.0, SmartAgro and BigData.
Silver Medal + Mention in Industrial Design
Carlos Mainero. Harvesting category
Development. Mainero MDD-200 corn head for multiple distances and directions. 2nd generation corn head that changed the history of corn harvesting, now with enough versatility to adapt to all growing conditions.
Piersanti Plataformas. Harvesting category
Development: Regulation of the cutting angle of the flexible system electrically without varying the angle of the head.
Mgg Robotics. Robotics category
Development: Multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicle aimed at agricultural aerial application.
Mention in Industrial Design
Mariano Valetti. Multifunction category
Development: Radio-controlled microcarrier to improve the quality of work in hostile environments.
BK Components. Crop Protection category
Development: Light bars for agricultural sprayers with a modular design that combines carbon fiber tubes and metal unions, making the most of materials to obtain greater productivity at an optimized cost.
Mention in Good Agricultural Practices
Ricardo Martínez Peck. Crop Protection category
Development: Phytosanitary charger that ensures the washing and disabling of phytosanitary drums and guarantees the safety of the operator.