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Awards For Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers

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A four-year project to deal with an age-old problem earned Hastings grower Ricks Crasborn a prestigious award at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association awards.

Mr Crasborn, a fruitgrower and former packhouse operator, turned his mind to the problem of ruts between the rows in orchards.

His work won him the Fourneau Award.

Mastering computer-based systems and making them work for fruitgrowers earned Greg Hodges, 64, the Joe Bell Trophy at the awards.

The Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association award is given for service to the industry and Mr Hodges’ has been long and valuable.

Mr Crasborn’s idea came from a need to deal with the perennial problem of ruts which are caused by tractors and sprayers. They collect water, become mud holes and make life difficult for foot traffic and those operating Hydraladas for picking and pruning.

Photo: L-R: Ricks Crasborn,with his Fourneau Award for Innovation and Greg Hodges, Havelock North, with his Joe Bell Award for service to the Industry

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Posted: 13 February 2018

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