Bedfordshire farm sprayer operator wins FSOOTY Award

Matt Redman
Matt Redman

Matt Redman has won the prestigious accolade of being the UK’s top farm sprayer operator.

Matt, who operates his own agricultural contracting business from College Farm, near Gravenhurst, was presented his reward as the National 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.

The acclaimed Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) Award is run and sponsored by Syngenta.

Matt is a highly experienced sprayer operator, protecting a diverse range of crops across the farm and through additional contract work, including cereals, field beans and oilseed rape.

The judges were particularly impressed by Matt’s skills in practical application techniques and his innovation to design and modify the filling site and equipment optimized for safety, speed and ease of working. His development of cameras mounted on the sprayer to check for consistent application was also highlighted.

Syngenta application specialist, Ben Magri, 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.

“Matt 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,” he added.