Competition about 'honour not prizes'

More than 100 farmers gathered at Simpson Park in Lawrence on Friday night for the annual winter crop competition and to thank the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust for its services.

The winter crop competition, run by the Lawrence Lions Club, attracted 150 entries from 85 farmers.

Lawrence Lions Club competition convener David Robertson also won the top prize for the heaviest crop - 19 tonnes of dry matter per hectare.

"I was thrilled to win. I tried to win it.

"Everyone tries to win it, for the honour and not the prizes," he said.

The crops were judged by seven Lawrence Lions Club members, with the top 10 entries in each of the nine sections judged by a section judge.

Entries were up from last year's 120 paddocks by 78 farmers from around the wider Lawrence area.

Mr Robertson said the second annual competition raised about $35,000 from an auction of machinery donated by Otago businesses and the $40 entry fee for each crop.

At the function, Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust paramedic and crewman Doug Flett, of Dunedin, thanked the Lawrence community for its support.

He said the trust flew more than 450 missions last year from its Dunedin base alone, and supported emergency services in February's Canterbury earthquake, sending three helicopters to Christchurch.

"We made one trip to Hawea at night to pick up a premature baby who was only at 30 weeks.

"We also have night vision equipment that can see light from a cigarette lighter from 1000ft at night," he said.

Lawrence Lions Club immediate past president Quentin Clarke presented Mr Flett with a cheque for the $11,000 raised by the club's Farmarama held in February. Results. -

Overall winner: David Robertson (19 tonnes of dry matter per hectare).
Broadcast: Jim Crawford (14.30) 1; Peter Shepherd (8.20) 2; Jeff Young (7.15) 3.
Ridged: Gary Crawford (14.30) 1.
Direct-drilled: Mark Hay (15.13) 1; Gary McCorkindale (14.63) 2; Ken Harrex (14.57) 3. Conventional: David Robertson (19) 1; Russell Homer (17) 2; Roger Tweed (16.50) 3.
Turnips: David Shaw (11) 1;Mark Paterson (10.90) 2.
Mixed crop: Min Bain (11.55) 1; Nichol Kane (9.35) 2.
Rape: Geoff Scott (10.78) 1; Mark Paterson (8.70) 2.
Spray and oversown: Murray Rose (13.20) 1.
Kale: David Young (15.40) 1; Russell Dickey (14) 2; Steven Wither (12.88) 3.
Most even and well presented paddock: Waipori Station.

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