Aerial applicators take off


Several recent soaking rainfalls have allowed corn and soybeans in Bond County to have a growth spurt and be pulled back from the edge of a drought. That means the aerial applicators will soon be filling the skies.

Corn plants have reached heights that will not allow for ground spraying applicators to be used and the focus will now turn to the use of planes and helicopters. Soybean crops are still accessible by ground equipment.

Along with saving crops from droughty conditions, the rains have made growers more optimistic about using fungicides to give them a yield “bump.” The added cost should be recouped through the increased yields from using the fungicides, which may have been withheld had the rains not been so beneficial for this year’s crop.

Photo Credit Roger Sanders