September 16, 2022

Facts About Aerial Application

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Aerial application is essential for spraying pesticides, covering crops, and limiting the spread of disease across land. This application is much more efficient than groundwork and saves farmers ample time. Not only will the process be faster, but you can also cover more ground, shortening the overall project schedule. 

Additionally, the time-saving application is perfect for narrow windows of good weather. As the weather can change on a dime, the slower ground rigs might not get the task done before outside elements stop all work. The aerial application utilized by Farm Service Cooperative guarantees sufficient ground coverage and accelerated completion. 

The Benefits
As mentioned, the timely application of aerial usage is one of its top benefits. This economical choice allows land of all sizes and conditions, including remote areas, to be treated. As of yet, this is the fastest form of application available to farmers. Additionally, aerial application may be the only choice when soil is wet or there is dense plant overgrowth and hilly terrain inhibiting other options. 

Besides the technical application process, aerial use results in higher crop yields, mainly due to the non-disruptive technique, which treats the crop from above and not within. For example, researchers studied the crop yield of corn between ground and aerial application and found aerial increased the yield by roughly eight percent.

Choosing aerial application also prevents soil runoff, as the process avoids soil compaction. In Addition, the increased emphasis on soil protection and cultivation produces higher harvest yields. With this in mind, less land can be used to receive the same harvest. Thus, preserving ecosystems and land for environmental benefit. 

Another plus is the focus on safety and measures to ensure a knowledgeable agricultural pilot. All ag pilots must hold a commercial pilot’s license and meet Federal Aviation Regulations surrounding low-level operations. Though the average ag pilot has decades of experience, they are encouraged to participate in educational courses about safety and drift mitigation. 

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) continues researching new technologies to maximize crop protection from the air. Plus, they offer multiple flying clinics and offer to analyze spray droplet size and pattern uniformity. The efforts put forth by this organization promise each agricultural pilot knows the best ways to spray their crops and thus increase harvest yields.

Contact Us Today
Lucky for you, specialized aerial application is one of our expertise. Farm Service Cooperative has been providing Iowa with agricultural services since 1930. Our goal has remained the same: to provide essential resources for local farmers to succeed. We ensure your final product holds under consumer scrutiny. Agriculturalists and customers alike trust us to cultivate the freshest foods.  

Our list of services is vast and includes grid sampling, field scouting, and custom fertilizer application. For custom aerial applications, call (712) 755-3185 or email info@fscoop.com. You can also visit our website for more information on agronomy, feed and grain, and energy services.

 


 

Sources
https://www.fscoop.com/
https://www.croplife.com/crop-inputs/the-role-of-aerial-application/
https://www.agaviation.org/industryfacts
https://ncfieldfamily.org/farm/ask-a-farmer-what-are-the-advantages-of-aerial-application/

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Aerial application is essential for spraying pesticides, covering crops, and limiting the spread of disease across land. This application is much more efficient than groundwork and saves farmers ample time. Not only will the process be faster, but you can also cover more ground, shortening the overall project schedule.
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