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This helicopter was spraying either insecticide or fungicide on the soybean field just north of my home. We frequently have spray planes, but not helicopters. He lands on the truck, never shuts down, loads in 3 minutes and empty in 5. Farmers usually will wait until the insect population reaches a certain threshold to justify the expense of spraying. The hope spraying will increase or salvage grain yield from the bugs and hopefully more than pay for the spray and application.

Fungicides are a tad different, you have to treat the crop before the fungus is visibly present on the soybeans other wise its too late. Yes it's a crap shoot if the fungus does not show up, it's money wasted. Given the rain we've had in the last two weeks (almost 5 inches) I'm sure it will be money well spent this year.

This field is north of my house, and if you look real close, you can see the red and white striped pole marking Santa Clause's home.:laugh:

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That is really slick. Normally they use planes since Helo is slower and higher per hour to operate. But if your not close to a crop dusting field this would really work.

I saw a rig like this once in the PA mountains spaying gypsy moths. They had to use Helos since planes could not get in and out of the hollows.
 

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Down here for the sugarcane they either use choppers or big turbo prop dusters.
I remember the old days when they would use old biplanes with radial engines, no more.

The big turbo prop dusters are something to watch, I mean zoom - zoom.:yahoo:

With the old biplanes you could hear them rev the heck out of their engines going into a climb and bank for the next pass, with
the turbos, just a constant whistling jet sound.

With the choppers, at the end of a pass you can hear the main rotor beating the hell out of the air as they nearly go vertical,
flip it 180 degrees around and start their next pass.
They don't mess around either.
 

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They use them around here on steep ground to spray weeds in clear cuts with small pine saplings to keep weeds from choking them out.
 

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Forestry site prep

That's the usual way to apply herbicide for a reforestation site prep in our area. Most of the sites are under 100 acres and it's really unusual to see a clear cut over 200 acres. Helo's do the work well. I don't remember the cost for the last one we did but will try to look it up. Usually the consulting foresters in an area try to line up a series of sites so the helo can have 2-3 days in the area and lower the cost.

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That video shows the process exactly. The guy spraying the bean field was a bit higher, guessing around 30 feet above canopy.

I REALLY wanted to go along for a ride.....:lol:
 

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I saw a rig like this once in the PA mountains spaying gypsy moths. They had to use Helos since planes could not get in and out of the hollows.
Over the past 10 years or so it is now common to see helicopters used for logging. Some of the hills are so steep it's very costly and difficult to put in skid trails. That and DCNR promotes this becuase of the lack of erosion problems.

Those pilots are good - getting that line down between the trees to the ground crew to grab and fasten to the logs.
 

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Over the past 10 years or so it is now common to see helicopters used for logging. Some of the hills are so steep it's very costly and difficult to put in skid trails. That and DCNR promotes this becuase of the lack of erosion problems.

Those pilots are good - getting that line down between the trees to the ground crew to grab and fasten to the logs.
Guess it was back 25 years or so they were using a big twin rotor Chinook to pull cypress trees out of Chacahoula Swamp about
3 miles behind the house.
Secretary at our shop son worked for them, "swamper"/ground crew, when he wasn't doing that he was a rodeo bull rider, he was a wild one.:laugh:
 

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Somebody near me still uses an old radial engined bi-plane to spray. Their fleet is mostly little turbo-prop driven AirTractors, but a few times a year they get the old Stearman out. That thing stops traffic. It is quite a show.

After a 2-cylinder Deere, a big radial aircraft engine might be my next favorite engine soundtrack. Much like an old Deere, they sound amazing when the throttles are to the stops and the govenor is wide open. Modern jets are cool, but old planes have a certain 'x-factor' which makes them even cooler.
 

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Contractor just up the road from me is a crop duster. He runs 2 small choppers and has a plane he runs spare for different fields. I've seen him over 100 miles away working though I'm sure he has probably gone farther.
 
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