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TWIG Wireless Control System Receives AE50 Award

February 8, 2014

St. Joseph, Michigan – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently announced that Nelson Irrigation Corporation has won an AE50 award.

Nelson Irrigation Corporation developed the TWIG Wireless Control System deemed one of the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. The TWIG system will be featured in the January/February 2014 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World.

The TWIG is a reliable automation solution for irrigated agriculture. Installation is quick and easy: mount the TWIG to a Nelson control valve, and then program the TD200 to create a schedule for automatic valve sequencing. The simple interface of the TWIG and TD200 controller make it easy to automate an entire irrigation system, regardless of the system type or the size of the operation. Whether managing a large Big Gun® dust suppression system, an apple orchard, multiple zones of a drip system, or miles of sprinklers on row crops, the TWIG can tie the components together without the expense of trenching and wires. The controller contains watering schedules that operate each valve. After it automatically discovers all valve modules, the controller is programmed at one location. All valves are synchronized. Program setup consists of simply grouping all valves that irrigate at the same time. Programs are easily named by the user to indicate the purpose of valve arrangements and the function of irrigation schedules.


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 Resource 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. Resource, a magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced at ASABE headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan. The publication is read by thousands  involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Its members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 or Details can also be found at

For more information about AE50, Resource magazine or ASABE, contact Publications Director, Donna M. Hull at (269-932-7026) or

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