April 16, 2013
Farewell to an old friend and pioneer of modern agronomy – Harry (Bill) Weston. 1924-2013. Founder of Cleanacres Ltd
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Harry (Bill) Weston. Bill died peacefully on April 12th, aged 89.
He was the founder of Cleanacres Ltd, started in 1949, serving the Cotswolds as a contract spraying business. In 1988, Cleanacres was the first company within the Masstock Group, now part of Agrii.
Bill was responsible for developing wide boom sprayers, using 40 to 80 ft booms mounted on fore-end loaders of tractors – with no cabs!
During the 1960’s the agronomy side of the business started to expand and Cleanacres moved from contracting to supplying crop protection chemicals and specialist advice. Through his vision and drive Cleanacres became one of the earliest agronomy specialist’s in the UK and it is fair to say that Bill was instrumental in the development of the role of the arable agronomist.
Through investing in intensive arable research over the decades, securing and training the best people, Cleanacres led the way in supporting large numbers of arable farmers all over the south of England and beyond with improving their crop production results. The Cleanacres Trials were famous, not only for their technical quality, but also the wonderful roast beef lunches!
Always willing to fight on his customers behalf, Bill leaves a great legacy that is still alive today.