FSOOTY entries closing soon - last chance to enter
The Farm Sprayer Operator Of The Year 2017 awards are now open for entries. The awards seeks to reward the country’s top operators - whilst also sharing the practical tips and best practice that can help all operators enhance results and protect the environment.
Entries close on 30 November - make sure you enter now for your chance to get involved.
This year, for the first time, farmers, managers and agronomists will be able to nominate sprayer operators for the FSOOTY awards. Cat Gray, Syngenta Marketing Communications Manager, said: “We know that many sprayer operators do an incredible job every day, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience; however they are reticent to put themselves forward for the awards.
“Now there is the opportunity for others, who value and benefit from their sprayer operator’s work, to recognise and reward their endeavours through a simple nomination for FSOOTY.”
Cat (above) urged more operators should get involved, highlighting that providing sprayer operators with a community focus to share experiences with other like-minded people, and to pick-up invaluable tips and advice from their knowledge, is a key element of the FSOOTY awards.
“Every operator has something that will add to the experience and help others,” she enthused. “The awards aim to recognise their professional approach and encourage further improvements. It demonstrates the high standards of skilled sprayer operators."
“It’s not about having the latest kit or biggest machine. If you can demonstrate the ability and ingenuity to consistently achieve safe and accurate application through the whole spraying process, then you are in with a chance of winning.”
Last year’s FSOOTY Winner, Jonathan Cross (above), added: “There is no doubt that entering the competition has helped me to improve how I approach spraying and also how I communicate what I am doing with others. I would recommend that everyone will get something out of being involved.
“It’s all about our own professionalism, and the ability to keep learning something new,” Jonathan added.
“Our sprayer is probably the most important tool on the farm; you have to be totally focussed to get the best out of the spraying.”
The overall winner of the FSOOTY 2017 will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Germany, with Syngenta Application Specialist, James Thomas, to see the latest in spraying technology and innovation at Agritechnica 2017. Six finalists will each receive an expenses paid visit for two to the presentation at Cereals 2017, and there’s 20 tickets for Cereals 2017 for the runners-up.
Winners of the FSOOTY 2016 awards received their accolade during a main arena presentation at the Cerals Event, left to right, Steve Fletcher; Martin Daw; Jonathan Cross; Jo Marsden; Andrew Woolley and Mark Turner.
The Farm Sprayer Operator Of The Year awards are sponsored by Syngenta, in association with The Farming Forum; the Voluntary Initiative and City & Guilds NRoSO. Entries must be completed by November 30.