The awards, launched at the Amenity Forum Conference last month, recognise top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, to share their best practice to enhance standards for all and comes with a top prize of a trip to a US turf or amenity trade show.
This year, for the first time, sprayer operators can be nominated to take part in the awards by employers, customers, agronomists or other members of their team and some were already entered at Saltex at the beginning of November.
Forum chairman, Professor John Moverley said: "We’ve been running the awards for two years, and have already achieved some notable successes. First of all, it demonstrates that within the amenity sector there are some really good professional people doing their job to an excellent standard.
"Secondly it promotes the whole concept of the safe use of pesticides and the use of actives being applied correctly and in a sustainable manner."
Landscape and industrial manager from sponsor ICL Mark Pyrah, added: "Application is key - you could have the best fungicides in the world but it will be of no use it they are not being applied correctly. "It is all about sprayer awareness - maintaining good application to maintain the product so that the individual is promoting best practice."
UK business manager of Syngenta, which is also sponsoring the awards, Daniel Lightfoot, said he thought the awards were extremely important to help the industry protect the chemistry that is currently available, and ensure new products being launched are retained for the future.
"We know there are a great number of really good operators out there, who possibly don’t feel confident enough to put themselves forward for the award; I would urge them to get involved for the experience and knowledge they could share, and the real opportunity to win an incredible trip to the US.
Furthermore, it is also a great way for employers to show confidence in their staff, by nominating their operators for an award."
There are three ASOY awards available and sprayer operators can enter any one of the following:
- Sports turf using boom sprayer or hand held equipme
- Landscape & Industrial using vehicle mounted equipment
- Landscape & Industrial using hand held equipment
Each category winner will receive a trophy and the overall winner across the three categories will then have the option of winning:
- Flights, accommodation and entry to the GCSAA 2018, San Antonio, Texas, or
- Flights, accommodation and entry to GIE Expo 2018, Louisville, Kentucky, or
- ICL/Syngenta products to the value of £2,000
Visit the Amenity Forum website for more information.