Leading Edge Industries recently received an AE50 award and a Finovation award for The Load Judge™, a breakthrough technology designed to help farmers and grain haulers save time and money when loading grain.

The AE50 is an annual award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) given to the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. Companies from around the world submit entries to the AE50 competition, and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

The Finovation award is another annual program that recognizes the year’s most popular new product introductions in agriculture. Recipients are selected by the readers of Farm Industry News, a publication distributed to the largest corn, soybean and wheat producers in the U.S.

The Load Judge product uses patent-pending, high-tech sensors and a user-friendly smartphone or tablet app to load grain trailers with a high degree of accuracy. This new technology captures and transmits real-time data for consistent, repeatable results regardless of grain type or operating conditions, helping grain haulers and farmers to achieve optimal loads that maximize the value of every trailer load.

The Load Judge compiles data received from six proximity sensors placed within a grain trailer. Information gathered from these sensors – along with another sensor that determines moisture content – is inputted into a predetermined algorithm. The system senses proximity and calculates the shape and size of the impending load, and then instantly transmits the data to a free app for the driver’s smartphone or tablet.

In addition to the return on investment benefits, The Load Judge increases safety and convenience, since the truck driver can perform the entire grain loading process from the comfort of the cab. It eliminates the truck driver having to climb the trailer multiple times while loading, and it keeps him away from exposure to harsh weather, dust or other health hazards outside the truck.

Founded by fourth-generation farmer Shawn Gengerke, Leading Edge Industries markets The Load Judge™ and Operation Harvest Sweep™, two patent-pending technologies designed to help today’s farmers save time and money.