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Aerial Agriculture

The American Society of Agriculture Engineers found ground rigs reduce yield by up to 5% due to trample and soil compaction. Their counterparts at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences determined soil compaction from the heavier rigs creates irreparable damage to the soil structure that cannot be restored by tilling.

Application by air eliminates the detrimental impacts of ground rigs. It also increases yield. Researchers at Purdue University found that spraying corn with fungicide two to three days following tassel emergence increased yield on average by 8%. Studies in Illinois demonstrated a 15-20% increase in soybean yield when treated with fertilizer by air, late in its growth cycle.

Application by air is performed on roughly 20% of the fields in the US – more by far than any other country. It is one of the reasons the US is the world’s top producer of agricultural products by value, even though it is not the leader in farm land. Brazil is second in aerial application at just over 4%. No other country treats even 1% of their crops by air.

The reason for these low usage rates despite the obvious benefits is that most countries do not have the airports and aviation infrastructure to support aerial spraying.

If society is going to grow the food it needs without trading natural habitats for farmland, we must reinvent and export the processes that have been proven effective. That is what we at Aerofex are working toward.

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