Suffolk sprayer operator Nick Light receives plaudits in national competition

Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year regional winner Nick Light with his trophy.

Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year regional winner Nick Light with his trophy. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk sprayer operator Nick Light has finished among the regional winners in the Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) competition for 2015.

Mr Light, who works for E J Barker & Sons at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, demonstrated his high levels of skills and practical knowledge of safe and effective spraying techniques.

Working across 600 hectares of combinable cropping, including linseed and grass seed, Mr Light has continued to hone his experience over recent years.

He was also praised for his use of social media and developing links with other professional operators to share their understanding and expertise.

Presenting the awards, Syngenta application specialist Ben Magri said: “The FSOOTY Awards judge all aspects of farm spraying to identify the very best operators across the UK.

“Nick has 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 full potential from all our crop protection products,” he added.

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The national final of the competition, featuring eight regional winners in all, was held at the International Sprays & Sprayers Event, held alonside Cereals 2015 at Boothby Graffoe, near Lincoln, with John Martin of Deverel Farm, Milbourne St Andrew, near Blandford in Dorset, being named overall winner.