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Agri-INNO 2020 Awarded to Soil Scout

 

Johannes Tiusanen, one of the founder of Soil Scout (on the right in the picture), received the Agri-INNO award this year. The jury stated that the solution with permanently buried sensors in selected locations makes control of difficult-to-detect underground conditions easier and, in particular, makes infield variability of field plots visible. The product has significant worldwide potential for developing of even more precise farming methods, especially targeting irrigation water usage and the reduction of environmental impact.

Several Finnish research institutes have been using the sensors for years. Soil Scout’s products are manufactured in Finland and have contributed to making Finnish technological know-how globally known.

The Finnish Fair Foundation’s EUR 5,000 Agri-INNO award is now being awarded for the second time. The Agri-INNO award is given every secord year in connection with the Agricultural Machinery Fair to a person, group, community or company that has developed an innovation that contributes to a positive image to the agricultural industry and has the potential of evolving into a product with international significance.

The jury in 2020 included Executive Director Jyrki Wallin from the Federation of Agricultural and Forestry Producers MTK, CEO Harri Mäkivuokko from the Association of ProAgria Centers, CEO Juha Ojala from the TTS training and development services and chairman Risto Varis from the Agricultural Machinery Fair development team.

The Finnish Fair Foundation annually distributes grants, prizes and scholarships for the promotion of Finnish business life with EUR 400,000. The best-known award given by the Finnish Fair Foundation is the Kaj Franck design award.