1 August 1997

Always prepared to listen to others

TWENTY-seven-year-old Nick Watson from Pocklington, York, is the fifth contestant in this years Tractor Driver of the Year final and is pleased to have got so far.

"I always enter in the hope that I can get free tickets to the Royal Show and have a good day out watching others trying to get through to the final," he explains.

For the last three years, Mr Watson has "driven" his way into the Royal Show and admits he never expected to get this far.

"It was a surprise. I felt I had done well but thought it was only good enough to finish short of the final – again."

Now that he will be under the scrutiny of some tough judging on August 12, along with the other four finalists, is he worried?

"Well, a little nervous but I intend to give it my best shot," he says.

Working at CG Bayston & Sons Pollington Grange Farm, Pollington, near Goole, Mr Watson is mainly responsible for spraying the farms 808ha (2000 acres) of arable and root crops using a Landtrac self-propelled sprayer.

When not spraying, theres combining with a New Holland TX36 plus drilling, potato harvesting, power harrowing and grain carting using his regular drive, an MF3095.

Mr Watson is in no doubt what makes a good tractor driver.

"You need to be conscientious, willing to learn – no matter how experienced you are – and be prepared to listen to others ideas and opinions."n

Nick Watsons time is split between spraying using a Landtrac self-propelled and general tractor duties with an MF3095.