Fortified With IRON

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In the world of ag equipment, many products are larger than life. But only a few are special and important enough to really stand out from the crowd. To honor these agricultural trendsetters, CropLife’s® sister publication, CropLife IRON, introduced the Product of the Year awards in 2007. Throughout the summer months, nominations were accepted from readers telling us why certain pieces of ag equipment deserved to be honored with this prize. Ultimately, five products were chosen to compete for the Product of the Year trophy. These were the 4830 self-propelled sprayer from John Deere, the HydraLink Sus­pension from Miller-St. Nazianz, the Predator 8420 from GVM, the Envizio Pro from Raven Industries, and the STS14 self-propelled sprayer from Ha­gie Manufacturing.

From Nov. 20 – Dec. 20, CropLife IRON accepted votes on its Web site for these five worthy entries. In all, almost 600 ballots were cast during this time frame, with four of the five finalists receiving more than 100 votes apiece. In the end, however, Miller-St. Nazianz’s HydraLink Suspension received almost half these votes. The company was awarded the top prize at the Wisconsin Crop Production Association meeting on Jan. 16 in Madison, WI.

“I’m honored to accept the Product of the Year trophy on behalf of our company and the HydraLink,” said John W. Miller, Miller-St. Nazianz vice president, at the ceremony. “This is a great honor for all our employees and designers.”

Sfiligoj is the Editor for both CropLife and CropLife IRON magazines. He travels regularly to cover industry events and has been dedicated to the ag retail industry since he joined the staff in 2000.

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