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Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year 2017

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19.08.2016

Farm Sprayer Operator Of The Year (FSOOTY) is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever. 

Having started more than 33 years ago, FSOOTY has slowly adapted throughout the decades, each year welcoming a high calibre of entrants. FSOOTY is based around a competition and selection proccess that assesses sprayer operators' knowledge, skills and expertise. The culmination of the competition occurs at Cereals, with a special award ceremony in the Sprays and Sprayers arena. However, FSOOTY is more than just a competition - finalists and winners find that their involvement often aids their professional careers, and provides lasting friendships with other sprayer operators around the country. Finalists are often made up of first time entrants and while its a well-known and prestigous award, we encourage anyone considering entering to give it a go.  

FSOOTY 2016 took a step up, partnering with the Voluntary Initiative and The Farming Forum, we had more entrants than ever, with 24 semi-finalists, and 6 finalists. The competition involved round 1 of preliminary questions, which were analysed by an expert panel of judges, before the semi-finalists had to submit their recommended 'top tip' along with a set of round 2 questions. With 6 finalists selected, the judging panel travelled to each finalist, who demonstrated their top tip and answered a variety of questions from the judges.

FSOOTY 2016 Test - Should you have entered?

 

Previous Winners

Jonathan Cross - Winner 2016

Jonathan is a Spray Operator at Wantisden Hall Farms, Woodbridge covering 1200ha. Jonathan treats a diverse range of crops including vegetables and combinables.  Over his 25 years of spraying experience, Mr Cross has seen the introduction of many new rules and regulations, therefore to keep up with this he encourages other operators keep it safe and keep it legal by attending training courses such as NRoSO . 

Matt Redman - Winner 2014

Matt runs his own contracting business carrying out spraying and application and no-till drilling along with numerous other projects. Matt is also an author in the Farmers Weekly, Farmer Focus. In addition to winning FSOOTY in 2014, Matt was also part of the judging for FSOOTY 2016, bringing his extensive knowledge of spraying and application to the finalist judging panel. 

George  Sargent - Winner 2013

Since winning, George has moved o the Velcourt group as an assistant manager on a Norfolk unit covering almost 7500 acres for 5 land owners. He cites FSOOTY as a great stepping stone to get him noticed and help in his career progression.

James Stafford - Winner 2012

James still sprays for his own business on a 200 ha farm in a family partnership, whilst also responsible for spraying over 2,400 ha of land a year including winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter oats and spring barley grass.

Rob Cannell - Winner 2010

After being a finalist in 2009 and winning in 2010, Rob set up his own contracting business. Starting off with a small Bateman and a few farms, Rob's business has increased to run three sprayers covering an array of crops. His business has incorporated a maize drill this season and are looking to take on a beet drill as well. Rob has also started farming a small family farm whilst collaborating with a neighbour. In addition Rob completed his BASIS qualification after competing FSOOTY.

 

FSOOTY 2016 finalists

 

How to enter for FSOOTY 2017

In conjunction with the Farming Forum we hope to open the competition to even more people than in 2016. On 3rd October, we will be releasing the application form which will feature a set of questions (3-4) as a preliminary round. Farmers and agronomists will also be able to nominate sprayer operators that they think should enter the competition. Until the competition opens, why not try the 2016 questions below to see what sort of questions are asked.

Could you have been a finalist for FSOOTY 2016?

With the Farming Forum and the Voluntary initiative we've created a quiz that uses questions from rounds 1 and 2 from the 2016 competition. There's 2 NRoSO points available for those who score an 11 or above out of 14 on the test. Why not take the test you might be suprised?

FSOOTY 2016 Test - Should you have entered?