The Pros & Cons of Aerial Application – Tips #10

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Hiring an aerial applicator means fewer tracks in the crop and often a quicker spray application, but spray planes are not miraculous, says Tom Wolf. In fact, they deal with a lot of the same challenges as their well-grounded counterparts.

Tom answers some of the most common questions around aerial applications, including:

  • Does the aircraft wing generate a downforce that forces spray droplets into the canopy?
  • Is it thus that aerial spray applicators can apply such low water volumes?
  • Is it worth paying extra for a custom application from above?

In addressing these questions, Tom corrects a few agricultural myths, provides tips for determining which method is better for your operation and emphasizes the importance of communication.