|Rice & Crawfish in Southern Louisiana
Having a successful flying service in the rice country of southwest Louisiana can be a challenge. Rice’s commodity price continues to approximate the cost of production, and farmers that were once dedicated to growing rice have started using their fields to raise crawfish; currently a more profitable venture. The rice yield realized in a crawfish pond is oftentimes less than raising stand-alone rice. Combined with low rice prices, some growers are opting-out. Some are not spending the money for the inputs used in a regular rice field. This in effect greatly reduces the number of applications an aerial applicator would have over a rice field. To further complicate matters, herbicides allow undesirable red rice to be controlled without flooding and this reduces the demand for the airplane.
Final NTSB report for 2015
Each year in the February edition of AgAir Update, the previous year’s accidents and fatality statistics are published. Providing this information earlier is not possible due to the lag of data from the NTSB. Some accident reports are preliminary and the details may change from the original report. The data in this article was up-to-date as of mid-January 2016.
NAAA and NAAREF Board Meetings Feb. 12-13
The Hilton Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, Va., will once again host the spring board meetings of the NAAA and NAAREF Boards of Directors Feb. 12–13, with a couple of meetings beginning on Feb. 11 (Program Development, Operation S.A.F.E., Athena and the Executive Committee). All meetings are open to NAAA members. If you’re interested in attending, please email Lindsay Barber for a schedule of events.
February digital editions of AgAir Update Spanish and AgAir Update Portuguese available!
Air Tractor and Transland to hold Operation S.A.F.E. at Air Tractor factory in Olney, TX
The Texas Fly-In returns to the Air Tractor plant in Olney, TX again for 2016. Mark your calendars for April 13 and 14, 2016 to fly-in to ONY and participate in the Operation S.A.F.E. pattern testing.
Wet application pattern testing, along with lunch both days will be free to all operators, thanks to the organizers, Air Tractor, Transland and CP Products. But this event would not be possible without our industry partners Dow AgroSciences, Lane Aviation, EGE Biodiesel, Roy Neal Insurance, Garrco Products, Chem-Man Ag Software, Neal Aircraft and Insero Solutions. They have stepped up to participate and make this a free event for participating operators