Sure, with corn growing (or not growing) like it is, you may not be thinking about harvest just yet, but the folks at Unverferth are already looking ahead. They make the Brent line of grain carts and they're looking for video - or in their words "the best video footage possible" of this year's harvest.
Unverferth isn't the first to have a contest or this type, Agco is having a Veteran's Photo Contest
But the Unverferth contest is video only, which is a big step up for farmers who like to shoot video. And there are some interesting prizes too.
Essentially, in this contest the company is asking "Why do you choose Brent?" and they want your video to prove it. If you're video is selected as the first-place winner, you'll get a 60-inch Sony HD TV or a MAC toolbox (I had no idea they were comparably priced, and boy what choice that first-place winner will have).
Second place is a $1,000 Cabella's gift cart - Brent is serious about this. Three other finalists will each get a new Canon HD Camcorder (full disclosure, I use this kind of camcorder for my work on "This Week in Agribusiness" and they take nice video). And all growers who submit a qualifying home video will receive a free Apple 2G iPod Shuffle music player.
While this is a photo, it is a dramatic shot Brent took during the Farm Progress Show. It's shots like these - in video - that you might consider when getting your contest video ready this fall.
What do you have to do to enter? Brent is keeping is simple. Owners/users can demonstrate their video creativity by submitting a 3- to 5-minute video of this year's harvest, including Brent carts in action. Five finalists will be chosen by Unverferth to compete for the grand prize.
Judging criteria includes shot variety, originality and creativity, plus a written or recorded testimonial of what the entrant likes best about Brent grain carts. Entries are due by December 30, 2011 (and that deadline will be here fast).
Now the fun part. Voting for the grand prize winner will take place at BrentEquip.com where you'll get a chance to judge the videos starting Jan. 6, 2012. Results will be announced at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, Ky on Feb. 17, 2012. That site also has complete rules.
Know of another contest you think our readers should take part in? Drop me an email or comment here in the blog to let everyone know. And good shooting. Might be time to dust off that video camera. Learn more about the specifics at the Brent website.