What He Does
Like all modern industries, today's family farmers utilize technologically, advanced methods, equipment, and products. Tools like aircraft assist in providing food and fiber for the world's growing population while helping to protect our natural resources. Jim and his pilots use his aircraft to apply crop products in a safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly method.
Crop Dusting doesn't begin to describe the way the industry has developed since it began in 1921. For one thing, most applications today are in liquid form, so the word “dusting” doesn't say enough. For another, today's Aerial Applicators do much more than their predecessors did. The best term for them might be “Crop Doctors,” because they administer the proper treatment, at the correct dosage at the right time keeping the crops, trees and plants healthy. Aerial Applicators provide an essential service to help preserve our natural resources and for future generation's continued supply of healthy food and fiber.
Using Jim's airplanes is often the safest, fastest, most efficient, and most economical way to get the job done. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly tools of modern agriculture. When pests or disease threaten a crop, time is critical. With Jim and his pilots flying his airplanes he can accomplish more in one hour than ground application equipment can in a day. This means less fuel used less air pollution, and no soil compaction. Aircraft are used in low or medium-tillage farming systems which can reduce soil erosion; weed-control products are applied by air and the soil crust is left undisturbed.
In addition to controlling insects, weeds, and diseases that threaten crops, Jim performs many other vital jobs. He “plants” wheat seed from the air and they spread rye grass seed in corn fields to prevent soil erosion. He fertilizes and adds nutrients to soil for healthy crops and forests. Jim's airplanes can even be used to help clean up oil spills in the ocean and harbors, to feed fish, to protect human health by controlling flies and mosquitoes, and to fight wildfires. He helps protect our natural resources by reducing disease and pest infestations in forests and other areas inaccessible by ground equipment.
Jim's aircraft utilize sophisticated equipment such as GPS (Global Positioning System), flow controls, and precisely calibrated spray equipment to make sure they are accurate in applying the correct amount of product to the crop. On the ground, the airplanes are loaded with closed mixing, loading, and containment systems for improved environmental safety.