Kent-based operator crowned FSOOTY 2021 winner

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

The acclaimed title of Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year 2021 has been awarded to Luke Haynes, of Kent-based Stevens Farm, near Cranbrook. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Presented at the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers event in Lincolnshire last week (30 June), as part of Cereals 2021, the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) rewards the top operators for skills and awareness of safe and efficient operations. The pick of six great finalists selected from farms and contracting businesses across the UK, Luke operates across 1150ha of arable cropping, including applications onto wheat, oats, oilseed rape and beans. He operates a Fendt Rogator 645, fitted with a 5000-litre tank and 30m Pommier boom. His go-to nozzle choice has been the Syngenta 3D Nozzle which, with three different sizes fitted and his sprayer’s Optinozzle systems, can automatically select the optimum spray pattern for any given water volume and speed. Fungicides are typically applied at 100 l/ha and herbicides at 200 l/ha. It’s Luke’s second consecutive appearance as a FSOOTY finalist, however during the year he has changed jobs and sprayer. In that time, he has instigated all the practices required to be a top sprayer operator – highlighting how skills and experience…
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