Could you be the UK’s top sprayer operator?

Crop protection is one of the most complex challenges faced on farm. From filling the sprayer, through applying the spray to disposing of the empty containers, the operator is faced with many possible ways of doing the job.

The use of plant protection products is under constant scrutiny, so it is important to use them safely and efficiently in a way that meets crop needs, as well as public, operator and environmental safety.

 It’s a tricky balance, but for many operators, it comes as second nature. Now in its 32nd year, the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year award, organised by Syngenta and Farmers Weekly, aims to recognise this professional approach and help encourage further improvements.

How to enter

Download, print and complete the form and post it to:

Alison Peters, Sygenta Crop Protection UK Ltd,

Freepost RRUK-XCYE-LBLH-CPC4, Capital Park Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5XE

The closing date for entries is 9 December.

It’s not about having the latest kit. If you can demonstrate ingenuity and an ability to meet these varying objectives by using agrochemicals sensibly, then you are in with a chance of winning – just like last year’s winner, Bedfordshire contractor and Farmer Focus writer Matt Redman (pictured).

The first 50 correct entries will receive a free ticket to Cereals 2015, incorporating Sprays and Sprayers, on 10 June and 11 June.

Judges will also select eight regional finalists, who each receive an expenses-paid trip for two to Cereals.

For the overall winner, the top prize is an expenses-paid study tour to Holland, plus the coveted Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year trophy. All you have to do is complete the entry form, so why not get writing now.