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[Logan Barnes/Farm Monitor Special Contributor] What’s up everybody? It’s Logan again. If there’s one thing that I’m just as intrigued
in as agriculture, it’s flying. And today we’re in Calhoun County with Matt
Peed. How are you doing? [Matt]
Hey Logan, good to see you. [Logan]
Thanks for having us out. So, he is going to teach us a little bit about
crop dusting. Can you go in further about your operation
and just kind of give an overview of what we’re going to be doing today? [Matt Peed/Aerial Application Pilot]
Okay. Well, it’s commonly, or has been referred
to in the past, as crop dusting, but that’s technically somewhat of a misnomer these days. A more accurate … The term would be aerial
application. In this part of the world, we do a lot of
liquid application and a fair amount of dry work as well, with drop fertilizers and cover
crop, those sorts of things. [Logan]
So, by liquid application, you mean fertilizer? [Matt]
Well, we can put out liquid fertilizers, but we also do fungicides and herbicide and insecticide
work as well. As the airplane is configured now, we have…it’s
configured for liquid application. So, here we have our spray pump, which is
wind-driven, which pumps liquid out of the hopper, which is a tank, sits right in the
center of the airplane. When we’re doing liquid application, the main
concern is mitigating any kind of off-target drift. So, every year, we pattern test these aircraft
both for liquid and dry. This airplane is equipped with flow control,
so much like all of our ground rigs now and our tracker sprayers are equipped with a flow
control. So, with an airplane, you’re upwind, downwind,
so your ground speed is going to vary, so that flow controller will read ground speed
differences and make adjustments so you’re putting out the same gallons, per-acre, upwind
or downwind. Here are some of the controls. We have…for application, we have two levers
here, one operates the spray valve, to turn the spray on and off, and then we have what’s
known as the dump handle or the dry handle, and that’s for when we’re configured for dry
applications to open and close the gate at the bottom of the hopper for dispensing fertilizers
or seed. [Logan]
Well, Matt, this flying saucer looking thing caught my eye. Can you explain what this is? [Matt]
Yes, I can, this is a spreader. This what we use on the airplane to put out
dry material. So, dry material could cover anything from
seed, fertilizer or the dry pelletized fertilizer. Or, some herbicides are put out in granular
form, but around here we mainly use this for cover crop application and doing dry fertilizer
work. Out in the delta, if you like to eat rice
and gravy, most of the rice grown in the U.S. is planted and fertilized and sprayed with
an airplane. So, you can do a lot of planting with an airplane. I’ve personally planted lots of rice, soybeans,
wheat, cow pasture, rye grass, those sorts of things, I’ve planted all that stuff with
an airplane, and it does a wonderful job if your airplane is set up correctly. [Logan]
Well, Matt, thanks for having me out. I’ve got to get back to the office. [Matt]
Oh no, no, no, no, you’ve got to go for a ride. [Rock Music]
[Logan] Well, Matt, that was the best time I’ve ever
had. How did I do? [Matt]
You did great, you did great. [Logan]
Well, thanks for having us out. That was awesome. [Matt]
Glad to have you guys. [Logan]
And we’ll see you next time on “Agventures With Logan.” [Rock Music Full]