Andrew Myburgh has been named the 2017 Operator of the Year at the recent Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The award, sponsored by AGCO Corp., recognizes the skills, dedication, customer service, and community involvement of hard-working custom application professionals across the nation.
Myburgh, a Certified Applicator at the Wheat Growers in Aberdeen, SD, is known for being a conscientious worker who knows the 40,000 acres of fields he treats like the back of his hand and is often requested by name.
“Recipients of the AGCO Operator of the Year award are some of the most driven professionals in the industry, with relentless dedication to improving soils and crops,” said Mark Mohr, tactical marketing manager at AGCO Corporation. “We salute their skills and techniques, and eagerness to learn and apply that knowledge for the benefit of their growers.”
Originally from South Africa, Myburgh is a permanent resident of the U.S. and lives on a small farm where his two sons help care for a variety of animals including sheep and calves. He also coaches the local soccer team, and often mentors and trains other applicators who want to learn the trade.
Myburgh was delighted to win a Harley-Davidson, and plans to join some of his colleagues on rides. One co-worker, Tod Borge, rides a Harley that he won when he was selected as the AGCO Operator of the Year award in 2009.
“Quite a few people I work with have motorcycles and they get together on the weekends, so I’ll join them for rides,” Myburgh said.
More than 40 applicators were nominated for this year’s award, and each received a certificate of recognition. A panel of judges at AGCO evaluated the applicants and selected the winner. AGCO began the Operator of the Year program to recognize custom applicators in North America who spend hundreds of hours in the field using application equipment to safely and effectively apply fertilizer and crop protection products to millions of acres each year.