The skill and expertise of farm sprayer David Wroth, who works for Holkham Farming Company, has earned him a national award.
David, who works for the farming company at Wells, was presented his prize as the regional winner of the Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year at the International Sprays and Sprayers event held as part of Cereals 2014 in Cambridgeshire last week.
The Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) Award is run and sponsored by Syngenta, in association with Farmers Weekly.
David is a highly experienced sprayer operator, protecting a diverse range of crops across the estate’s 2,200 hectares of arable land, including cereals, oilseed rape, sugar beet and potatoes.
The judges were particularly impressed by David’s skills in practical application techniques and the farm’s meticulous maintenance of the sprayer. David has also put together a spares kit, carried on the sprayer so he can resolve most problems and keep going when out in the field.
Ben Magri, of Syngenta, said: “The FSOOTY Awards judges all aspects of farm spraying to identify the very best operators across the UK, and to share their skills and expertise.
“David has consistently shown outstanding skills and works to very high standards, to achieve the best possible results. He has proved a worthy winner by demonstrating that best practice can deliver efficient, cost effective and, above all, safe crop spraying. Syngenta recognises that the skills of the sprayer operator are paramount in achieving the potential from all our crop protection products.”