An agronomist from Devon has driven away with a new quad bike in a competition she “never in a million years” thought she would win.
Emma Dennis, who lives in Dulverton, works for Procam covering mid-Devon and Somerset and is also involved on her family’s 600-acre beef, sheep and arable farm near Crediton.
She said winning the bright blue Corteva Quadzilla Terrain 450CC all-terrain vehicle “was a complete shock”.
The prize was put forward to anyone working in the agriculture by Corteva Agriscience to celebrate its creation following the merger of three global crop protection and seed companies.
Emma said: “I was out on a client’s farm soil testing when I got the call and happened to be walking up some very steep hills without any four-wheel drive assistance.
“It was Friday 13 September so I thought it was a joke - it is supposed to be an unlucky day. It really was an enormous surprise.
“The quad will be a terrific help. I haven’t decided how we are going to use it yet. I’m hoping I’ll be able to use it for work, but it may also be used on the family farm. There are plenty of steep hills in Devon and this will help me check crops more efficiently.
“I want to thank everyone at Corteva for running the competition and for such a wonderful prize.”
Corteva Agriscience is the result of a merger between its heritage companies Dow AgroSciences, DuPont and Pioneer. It is now one of the world’s largest crop protection and seed companies.
Corteva’s John Sellars said: “We ran the competition to help introduce farmers to the name Corteva and our new, blue branding. It was entered by thousands of farmers, agronomists and others but I’m delighted that Emma has won it.
“Not only does she need to cover a lot of farmland for her work but she is also involved in her family farm and there are plenty of steep hills to climb in her part of the world.”