About Agricultural Aviation

Changes in Rice Production Mean Longer Days for Aerial Applicators

Rice was introduced into the Carolinas in the late 17th century and has been grown in the United States ever since. Today U.S. farmers raise the crop on more than 3.3 million acres spread among six regions: Arkansas’s Grand Prairie; the Mississippi River Delta; California’s Sacramento Valley; northeastern Arkansas and Missouri’s “boot heel”; the Coastal Prairie of Texas; and southwest Louisiana.

Commodity Close-ups

Aerial application is an important part of production agriculture. Farmers and growers depend on aerial applicators to protect and support all sorts of crops, including corn, wheat, cotton, processed vegetables and more. Periodically, NAAA takes a closer look at a specific commodity and the important role aerial application plays in its production. In the articles along the left-hand menu, you will learn about corn, cotton, rice, citrus and more.

History of Agricultural Aviation

In 1921, in an experiment in Ohio, lead arsenate dust was spread over catalpa trees to kill sphinx moth larvae. Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Lt. John A. Macready, a U.S. Army pilot, made the first application with a modified Curtiss JN-6 "Super Jenny." The government then utilized aerial application in the Southern states.

Industry FAQs

(Information obtained from NAAA’s “Why? Because” Brochure)

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