Operator of the Year Contest | Apply Like A Pro

The Most Exclusive Award

In the Application Industry

Annual operator of the year contest shines a spotlight on the most impressive application equipment operators in the business.


There’s a place where good people still finish first.

For 15 years, AGCO has recognized the top operators in the application industry with the Operator of the Year Award. The Operator of the Year program recognizes custom applicators in North America who spend hundreds of hours in the field every year, applying fertilizer and crop protection products on millions of crop acres. The award showcases the hard work professional applicators put into caring for crops and customers, as well as their involvement in their communities. We’re proud to recognize these outstanding people, and feel they deserve all the thanks they can get. 

Congratulations to 2019 Operator Of The Year, Mose Middleton of Nutrien Ag Solutions in Rochester, Indiana!
Middleton, a professional applicator for more than 30 years, applies on 33,000 acres per year. Advances in technology, from covered cabs to precision application, help Middleton ensure he is applying products exactly where they need to be. “I have children and grandchildren, so being responsible with products is important to me,” Middleton explains. “Looking to the future, I would want someone to be precise when they apply, so I make sure I am precise. Today’s equipment makes that much easier than in the past.”

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 Operator of the Year 15th Anniversary celebration!

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