Environmental Benefits of Aerial Application
Aerial Application of Cover Crops
One of the most promising conservation practices aerial applicators can assist farmers with is cover crops. Cover crops are grasses, legumes, small grains and other low-maintenance crops planted specifically to improve soil health and biodiversity. By sowing the seeds aerially with a preharvest cover crop application, cover crops control erosion, retain and recycle soil nutrients, build organic matter to improve soil health, improve water quality and moisture availability, and break disease and insect cycles. Read More.
Combating Climate Change through Aerial Application
The speed and efficacy of aerial application are why it is a critical part of agricultural production in the U.S. and why aerial application is part of the solution to tackling climate change. There are four significant ways aerial applications reduce greenhouse gases and improve the climate. Read More.
More and more evidence continues to be collected about the benefits of aerial application compared with other forms of application. Aerial application’s speed is obviously one attraction, which helps in quickly eradicating a crop threat. Aerial’s ability to treat in conditions and locales where other forms of application can’t is another one of its benefits. The ability to treat in multiple conditions also results in better timing, enabling the farmer to treat the crop at its most efficacious point regardless of field conditions. When excessive rain hits, farmers rely on aerial fertilizer and other crop input applications because it’s the only method available to access their fields. Read More.
Ag Container Recycling
Aerial Application operators across the country have partnered with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), a not-for-profit organization that safely collects and recycles empty pesticide containers. These containers, made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), are collected at 1,500 approved collection points around the U.S. where professional contractors process the HDPE and sell it for re-use. Read More.