THE Wimmera Machinery Field Days is over again for another year, with organisers saying they were pleased with the result.
Wimmera Machinery Field Days manager Murray Wilson said crowd numbers were steady over the event's three days.
"Overall crowds were really solid over the three days. We always still get people when the weather is bad, and it was a bit windy on Wednesday," he said.
"Every year is a success to us, and the feedback for this year has been very positive. The exhibitors notice that it is a well co-ordinated and planned event. It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy an agriculture showcase.
"Field days is also a really good chance for people to come out and see what agriculture is all about. It's certainly been a fantastic event this year."
Mr Wilson said he was pleased to see a strong political presence at this year's event.
"We have always had a large political presence at field days and good support from all sides of politics. This is a key event in regional Victoria and there is an expectation for politicians who have a portfolio in regional development or agriculture to be here," he said.
"The official opening with Barnaby Joyce was well received and it was great to have someone who is high-profile and has knowledge in the industry to be out here."
Canadian couple Chrisa and Steve Kastning visited the Wimmera Machinery Field Days for the first time this year to promote their agriculture invention, the Duck Foot.
The plastic paddles attach to the front of headers and help feed short crops evenly to improve yield.
Mrs Kastning said the attachments were ideal for harvesting soybeans, lentils, chickpeas and other specialty crops. About 190 paddles are needed for a 40ft header.
The Field Days Exhibitor Awards were held on Wednesday afternoon.
Agribusiness Innovation of the Year was awarded to the QuickDraw chemical batching station, which was presented to Oliver Smith from AJS Machinery and Jordan Lee from Landmark Australia.
Best Machine of the Year was awarded to the IDEAL header which was located at the Traction Ag site.
Thomson Bilt received the Best General Outdoor Site. Owner Leon Thomson said it was the first time the business had attended the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.
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