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Syngenta SPRAY Awards offer a chance for sprayers to exchange ideas

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article image Syngenta Spray Awards - 2009 Queensland winner, Daniel Serra

The Syngenta SPRAY Awards provide entrants with a great opportunity to have their operation reviewed by experts and to network with other leading applicators who are happy to share ideas and advice, according to 2009 Queensland winner Daniel Serra and judge John Kent.

The SPRAY Awards, currently in their third year, were established by Syngenta to promote best practice in spray application and to find Australia's best applicator. The winner will be rewarded with an overseas study tour and a SPRAY Awards prize package valued at over $15,000.

Associate Professor John Kent, who is on the judging panel for the third time this year, recently retired from his role as Head of the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at Charles Sturt University.

He says the SPRAY Awards give recognition to applicators who are applying rigorous standards to every part of the application process.

“If we could get the whole industry to the standard of our finalists it would be fantastic. I was very, very impressed with the chemical management and application the first two years’ finalists demonstrated. As a judge, I am looking for best practice in chemical management right from the time of purchase….”

Apart from acknowledging top sprayers, John says the Awards provide entrants with a good opportunity to take a close look at their operations and see where they can improve.

Daniel Serra agrees the program is valuable. “It’s really important because it highlights what a technical job spray application is. Just through talking to the other finalists I really learned a lot,” he says. “It was great to meet those other sprayers, and the Awards night during AgQuip in Gunnedah was great fun.”

Daniel’s spray operation has changed a lot since he entered in 2009, but he says the tips and tricks he learned throughout the program were still proving useful.

The SPRAY Awards are open to operators of all kinds of spraying machinery including ground rigs, aerial sprayers, misters and other specialised spraying equipment.

Applications for the 2011 SPRAY Awards close on 21st March.

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