FSOOTY 2021 Finalists' Top Tips

Tom Ingram – Sutton Cheney Farms Partnership, Nuneaton, Warwicks

Tom Ingram, is assistant manager at Sutton Cheney Farms Partnership near Market Bosworth, where he operates a Knight SP 1840, with a 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom.

Tom’s Top Tip to fit a couple of spare nozzles to the hand rail and use a nozzle ‘handle’ to make it quick and easy to change. Also, do the BASIS course and learn from other operators, online, webinars and magazines.

Luke Haynes – Stevens Farm (Hawkhurst), Cranbrook, Kent

Luke Haynes operates a 5,000-litre Rogator 645 with 30m Pommier boom at Stevens Farm (Hawkhurst), near Cranbrook in Kent. Here he is responsible for spraying 1,150ha of crops including wheat, oats, oilseed rape and beans.

Luke’s Top Tip is planning – the key to increasing output and timely applications. Plan your work with agronomists to make the most of every spraying opportunity. Look for ways to reduce road travel, wash-outs, nozzle changes and filter cleanouts. Make sure you have everything you need for a day’s spraying in the right place in advance.

Tom Ingram – Sutton Cheney Farms Partnership, Nuneaton, Warwicks

Tom Ingram, is assistant manager at Sutton Cheney Farms Partnership near Market Bosworth, where he operates a Knight SP 1840, with a 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom.

Tom’s Top Tip to fit a couple of spare nozzles to the hand rail and use a nozzle ‘handle’ to make it quick and easy to change. Also, do the BASIS course and learn from other operators, online, webinars and magazines.

Jonathan Legg, Ashton Farms, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Jonathan Legg works for Ashton Farms, based at Trowbridge, where operates a 4,000-litre, Bateman RB35 with 30m VG boom, with twin lines and is responsible covering about 7,000ha of mainly contract operations in a 20 to 30 mile radius of the base.

Jonathan’s Top Tip is to never be shy – ask questions. Help from anyone more experienced than you will always make you a better operator.

Danny Milazzo – Drysdales, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire

Danny Milazzo is the main sprayer operator at Drysdales, based in the Borders, where he uses a Rogator 645, with a 5,000-litre tank and 36m boom for spraying a large proportion vegetable crops, including 504ha of Brussel Sprouts, 232ha of swedes and 80ha of leeks. On average these are treated up to ten times.

Danny’s Top Tip is to invest in the best nozzles for the task and to look for, and try, new technology and techniques to improve applications.

Josh Whitear – Netherley Farm Partnership, Waterlooville, Hants

Josh Whitear who works for Netherley Farm Partnership, near Waterlooville, Hampshire, where he operates an Amazone UF 1801 sprayer with 24m boom and FT 1001 front tank, providing a total of 2,800-litres covering 413ha of combinable crops.

Josh’s Top Tip is to buy or construct a pipe holder when using a front-rear combination sprayer. It saves time coupling up and improves safety.