5 December 1997

Three-day trip to France for winner

HOW do you fancy an all-expenses paid three-day trip to France to see all thats best about crop spraying technology on the Continent?

That is the top prize in the 1998 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition, run jointly by Novartis Crop Protection and farmers weekly. For the eight regional finalists and their partners there is also an all-expenses paid trip with overnight accommodation to the Sprays and Sprayers event at Whittlesford, Cambs on June 23 and 24.

This year we have made it easier than ever to enter. All farm sprayer operators in Great Britain can take part, but not full time contractors or their staff. Accent must be on arable crop or field-scale vegetable spraying, rather than horticultural or orchard work.

All you have to do is answer the simple questions opposite, cut out the form and send it to the address shown.

Entrants who have answered all the questions correctly will be short-listed by the judges, through regional heats, to produce a list of eight finalists.

They will be visited by a judging panel and subsequently invited to an expenses-paid trip to Sprays and Sprayers 1998, to be held at Whittlesford on June 23-24.

The judges are looking for:

&#8226 Safe and responsible spraying techniques.

&#8226 Good record-keeping.

&#8226 Label awareness.

&#8226 Sprayer maintenance.

&#8226 Calibration and nozzle choice.

&#8226 Container and chemical disposal.

So, if you think youve got what it takes to carry the title 1998 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year, fill in the form and send it off without delay. Latest date for receipt of entries is Jan 1, 1998.

PRIZES

In addition to the title 1998 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year, the winners prize will include a three-day study tour of France, to include visits to commercial farms and a sprayer manufacturer. Regional finalists will receive a trophy and an expenses-paid visit to Sprays and Sprayers. All entrants receive a competition cap.

1. There is no entrance fee but entrants must be bona fide farm sprayer operators in England, Wales or Scotland, involved with arable crops or field-scale vegetables. The competition is open to operators, regardless of product allegiance.

2. Complete the entry form in ink by answering all the questions. It should arrive no later than Jan 1, 1998.

3. Entries short-listed for the final will be assessed on the farm and the eight regional finalists will be visited by the final judging panel.

4. Regional finalists will be invited to an expenses paid visit to Sprays and Sprayers at Whittlesford, Cambs, on Jun 23-24, 1998. The winner will be announced and presentations made to the finalists on June 23. Entrants must agree to attend this event.

5. The panel of judges will be appointed by Novartis and farmers weekly.

6. The judges decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7. Any entries received after the closing date will not be eligible, nor will any that are incomplete, illegible, mutilated, bearing alterations or which do not comply with the instructions and rules exactly.

No responsibility will be accepted for entries delayed or lost in the post or otherwise. Proof of postage will not be accepted as proof of delivery.

Top sprayer operator for 1997 Ben Gilg spent three days touring Denmark courtesy of Novartis Crop Protection and FARMERS WEEKLY. Could you be the lucky winner heading to France for three days in 1998?