John Otten swoops down above fields of row crops and rangeland while dodging trees and jumping power lines at speeds over 100 MPH in a bright yellow aerial application plane during an average day at work. Otten laughed and said the most dangerous part of his job is driving to the airport.

“I had an old timer, a long time ago tell me, this is a great business. I love the customers, the farmers and the variety of people I work with. And you can make the decision to either have a 40-year career and retire as an old man and look back fondly on it, or you can have a short career and end up in a wheelchair.

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