Leading Edge Industries wins AE50 Award

Farm Forum

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently announced that Groton, South Dakota-based Leading Edge Industries has won an AE50 award. Leading Edge Industries is receiving the award for its development of The Load Judge, which was deemed by ASABE as one of the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries.

The Load Judge product from Leading Edge Industries 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 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.

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 products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

The AE50 awards program is sponsored by ASABE’s Resource magazine to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance quality and increase profits.

Further information can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 or Details can also be found at