An article that reports on a plant breeding programme producing hybrid varieties of wheat won Crop Production Magazine editor Tom Allen-Stevens the first of the Guild's BSPB journalism awards.
The exclusive feature, resulting from a visit to a commercial plant breeding site in France, describes the attractive characteristics of the varieties being developed and their potential for growers in Britain.
Award judges Chris Green of Senova (pictured far right presenting the award to Tom), Robert Hiles of Syngenta and Bob Miles of Elsoms Seeds, described the piece as a very readable and well-researched story.
"The hybrid wheat article is valuable to the thinking farmer, with good factual and technical content," they added. "It's an article with plenty of interest and originality, plenty of facts with clear reasoning and discussion around them.
"It was written in an informed manner with good input from the journalist, was educational, clearly and methodically written and presented, and would hold readers' attention," the judges concluded.
Tom received his award at a pre-Cereals Event dinner staged by the British Society of Plant Breeders.