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We are so excited to share that our SpotOn® Inversion Tester is one of the winners of the ASABE‘s AE50 Award for outstanding innovations. Our teams work hard to excel in our industry and having our products recognized is a great honor. Since we announced our SpotOn® Inversion Tester earlier this year, it has been featured in several publications, among them Indiana Prairie Farmer, The Progressive Farmer, and The Western Producer.

ASABE Press Release

St. Joseph, Michigan. – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named SpotOn® Inversion Tester winner of a 2019 AE50 award.

AE50 awards honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. The SpotOn® Inversion Tester will be featured in the January/February 2019 special issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World. For more details visit

The SpotOn® Inversion Tester
The below is pulled from the official press release, please click here to read the full release.

“This tool was created to help farmers and applicators more easily comply with new label requirements for temperature inversions,” Bill Hughes, President of Innoquest, said. “Many professionals recognize the difficulty in identifying the optimal time to spray since so many factors contribute to temperature inversions. The SpotOn Inversion Tester, which is collapsible and measures only a meter long, is convenient for applicators to use in the field. This highly sensitive tool also provides accurate air temperature at boom height to meet new label requirements.”

“The variety of contributing factors – air temperature, wind speed, humidity, dewpoint, direct and indirect radiation and more – can make it difficult for applicators to know when it’s a good time to apply their pesticides or herbicides. The likelihood of drift can vary so much and – even when the time appears to be right – could create problems in drift,” Hughes said. “I believe that’s why I started getting inquiries about a tool for testing temperature inversions after the dicamba/soybean problems in 2016 and 2017. And, since I wasn’t aware of an effective measurement tool, I decided to invent one.”

More About The AE50
Companies from around the world submit entries to the annual AE50 competition and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select innovative products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

The AE50 awards program emphasizes the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers increase efficiency, enhance quality, improve safety, and increase profits.

Resource, a magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced by ASABE. The magazine is read by thousands involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries. Read more at

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by visiting


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