Precision planting winners

Gert Coetzee from Wesselsbron (western production areas) and Gerhard van der Merwe from Newcastle (eastern production areas) were the winners of the precision planting competition, hosted by Monsanto in collaboration with Cerealis Precision.

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The winners were announced at a ceremony in Sandton on Thursday. Each walked away with a complete planter conversion valued at R280 000. The 16 runners-up received planting equipment worth R60 000.

Pictured here are (from left) Gert Heyns, Marketing Manager: Seed and Biotechnology, Monsanto; Gerhard van der Merwe from Newcastle, Neels van Jaarsveld, master of ceremonies; Kobus Steenekamp, Business Lead Monsanto SA; Bennie Bester, Commercial Lead Monsanto SA; Josey Hendriks, General Manager Cerealis Precision; and Gert Coetzee from Wesselsbron. Photo courtesy of Monsanto

For every 50 bags of Deklab seed farmers bought during the previous planting season, they received one entry for the competition. These were put together and 25 finalists from the eastern production areas, 25 from the western production areas and 10 from the Northern Cape irrigation area were randomly selected.

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The 16 runners-up were:

  • Derek Allem; Neil Barnard; Basie Grobbelaar; Derek Grobbelaar; Muller van der Merwe; Nico van Wyk; Hannes Wilken; and Frikkie Kirsten. (Western area.)
  • Pep Bierman; Christo Cronjé; Carel Kriek; Dirk Riekert; Simon Riekert; Hendrik Smith; and Miela Steyn. (Eastern.)
  • Herman Dippenaar. (Northern Cape.)