This year, the ever popular Fieldays Innovations Centre will showcase a swag of entirely new categories of inventions and applications never before featured at the event.
For the first time, organisers have accepted entries relating to genetics, animal science and chemical-based innovations.
They will sit alongside innovations related to fencing, irrigation, pasture management and animal health.
Agricultural technology will also be on show with several app-based innovations and a virtual reality device.
Innovations event manager Gail Hendricks says more and more we are seeing how science and technology is impacting agriculture.
More than 70 entries have been received for the Fieldays Innovation Awards.
The three main categories are Fieldays Prototype Award, Fieldays Launch NZ Award and Fieldays International Award.
Other awards up for grabs include Fieldays Young Inventor of the Year, Vodafone Innovation in Technology Award of the Year, Locus Research Innovation Award, the Crowe Horwath Agri Innovation Award, the Tompkins Wake IP and Commercialisation Award, and the Origin Intellectual Property Award.
Judges consider inventiveness, design and originality, the process of coming up with the innovation, commercial opportunities, intellectual property protection, technical viability and its benefit to New Zealand agriculture.
The winners will be announced on June 15.
Ms Hendricks says entrants get a lot of value from entering the Innovation Awards, as Fieldays provides access to a large group of potential customers and gives them a chance to do valuable market research.
“The Innovations Centre is an exciting place to be at Fieldays,” she says.
“People visiting will see all sorts of interesting inventions and ideas that have practical and commercial application to help streamline work on the farm.”