• Thistle Caterpillars Deluge in Siouxland Moves Farmers to Aerial Attacks

    Thistle Caterpillars Deluge in Siouxland Moves Farmers to Aerial Attacks0

    SIOUX CITY — People scanning the rural skyline recently in Siouxland have had a good chance of seeing a host of planes and helicopters spraying fields. That was true in late July and now into August, with planes swooping and laying down mists over fields near Kingsley, Moville, Lawton and Correctionville, plus many other locations,

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  • Helping Farmers Produce Food and Fiber for the World

    Helping Farmers Produce Food and Fiber for the World0

    Farming is complex and ever evolving. And once farmers have their crops in the ground, they protect their investment through aerial application, or crop dusting, of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. Locally, Benoit Aerial Spraying Inc. in Kankakee helps farmers produce food and fiber for the world. “Whether it’s fertilizing crops, killing bugs or taking care

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  • Mosquioto Abatement Spraying Aircraft Shot at by Resident

    Mosquioto Abatement Spraying Aircraft Shot at by Resident0

    An aerial spraying aircraft was shot at by a resident claiming that the aircraft was a drone on Wednesday. Law Enforcement was called to a residential address in Monroe, Louisiana after reports of a resident firing at an aircraft were received where they located the alleged suspect Stacy Nguyen Rodgers, a 40 year old female

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  • Crop Duster Demand Soars, as Pilots Cover Acres Quickly

    Crop Duster Demand Soars, as Pilots Cover Acres Quickly0

    Swooping as low as ten feet from the ground, crop dusters provide a thrill ride for pilots, and a valuable service for farmers. These aerial applicators can quickly cover acres in a hurry, protecting a farmer’s investment. Brandon Hamer, director of precision crop management for Aurora Cooperative said, “We’ve been putting on a lot of

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  • Aerial Applicator Clinic has Far-Reaching Industry Benefits

    Aerial Applicator Clinic has Far-Reaching Industry Benefits0

    On a clear day in mid-May, the small airport in Park Rapids, MN, was abuzz with an influx of helicopters and fixed-wing planes for R.D. Offutt Farms’ aerial applicator clinic. The annual event, now in its 21st year, brings together applicator pilots, crop protection product manufacturers and suppliers, and other industry experts for a day

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  • Hutch Man Buys Plane to Benefit State During Wildfires

    Hutch Man Buys Plane to Benefit State During Wildfires0

    A 1958 U.S. Navy plane, once used to spot enemy submarines, will now serve as the newest asset for Kansas wildland fires. The privately-owned twin-engine recently arrived at the Hutchinson Regional Airport from a Nevada museum. Stripped of its paint and with exposed wires, Bill Garrison’s Grumman S-2 Tracker looks like a death trap. But

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