JC Machinery has been awarded the Ivel Award and Silver in the Arable Innovation category at LAMMA 2020 for the Vredo Crop Drill System (CDS).
The innovation was presented with both awards because the CDS demonstrated a clear ability to be used in a wide rotation of grasses and cereal crops, extending the machine’s use, reducing establishment fuel costs and promoting soil health.
The CDS enables the Vredo to sow arable crops directly on corn stubbles without any tillage at a 15cm row distance. The machine keeps its well-known features for grassland overseeding (7.5cm), making it the only machine that can overseed on grass and arable land.
The Ivel Award is presented at LAMMA by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers in memory of Dan Alborne, inventor of the first successful light farm tractor. It is given to a product or innovation with the most positive impact on the environment, with previous prestigious winners have including SOYL, Garfords, Trelleborg, the Witham Group and Mzuri.
Entries were judged on a range of criteria including design innovation, practical impact, the sustainability of the product and its impact on the environment. Visitors to LAMMA will be able to see the medal winners and talk to the companies that put them forward, thanks to the return of the popular Innovation Trail, which was introduced last year.
The judging panel was made up of experts from across the agricultural manufacturing and education sectors, led by chairman Chris Rothery.
“We were very pleased by the number of entries, one of the highest we have received, and the variety of those entries,” Mr Rothery said. “I was particularly delighted with the quality in the Future section, which had 22 participants in only the second year of this category.