There were eight nominees for the award from throughout Wales and the judges assessed their skills in all aspects of crop husbandry including soil nutrition, choice of crops and selection of varieties, rotations, methods of cultivations and machinery used, selection and application of organic and inorganic fertilizers, pest and weed control, the environment, harvesting, storage and marketing.
The candidates for the 2015 award were nominated by the Royal Welsh County Advisory Committees and the judges, Sarah Byford and Cyril Davies BSc (Hons), MIBiol, FRAgS, said “Throughout the judging process we met with some enthusiastic, highly motivated and knowledgeable young people who are a credit to the industry they serve in. It undoubtedly bodes well for the future of agriculture in Wales.
“Overall the standard was very high with two outstanding individuals that made our final task of selecting a winner very difficult.
We wish to record a very high commendation for Nigel Raymond from Pembrokeshire, but our final conclusion was that the award this year would go to David Anthony from Glamorgan, with sincere congratulations to all the entrants.”
The £2,000 award, together with a certificate and a piece of Welsh Royal Crystal, is a prestigious prize given in the memory of Dr Emrys Evans, a Royal Welsh gold medalist and chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s board of directors, who died on the eve of the centenary show in 2004.