New FSOOTY Champion crowned at Cereals 2023

Brixworth Farming’s Mark Jelley has been crowned as this year’s Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY).

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Announced in the Sprays & Sprayers Arena at Cereals 2023, the prestigious FSOOTY title seeks to recognise and reward the skills and expertise of the UK’s top sprayer operators. Mark has been operating sprayers for 45 years and uses a self-propelled sprayer to work across 1,500 hectares of combinable crops on the farm’s land, plus an additional 500 hectares of contract farming.

The VI is proud to support the scheme, which is coordinated and organised by Syngenta, with the VI being involved in visiting and helping judge the three individuals who made it through to the final this year.  The trophy was kindly presented to Mark by the Vice-President of one of the VI's sponsor organisations, the NFU's (National Farmers' Union), David Exwood, on the Cereals Story Stage.

Congratulations Mark!

For more details on the competition, Mark and the other finalists, see here.