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BASF Sponsors Safety Training for Ag Pilots

One session to be held in Indiana this week.

Most people go to workshops or dealer meetings in a pickup truck, maybe a car or van. Instead, ag aviators who make their living in part by applying ag chemicals will fly themselves to special workshops sponsored just for them by BASF over the next few weeks. One of these fly-ins will be held this week in central Indiana. It's hosted by Milhon  Air, one of the leading aerial chemical applicators in Indiana.

 

Some workshops have already been held. Another still on tap is slated for Webster, Iowa on June 9 and June 10. The purpose of these events is to focus on ag aviator certification, education and equipment calibration, BASF spokespersons note.

 

Obviously, BASF is interested in ag aviators applying products correctly, especially since they are the makers of Headline, one of the leading crop fungicides. Acreage of corn treated with fungicides has increased dramatically over the past couple of seasons.

 

What's different about these workshops, sponsors says, is that participants get a chance to actually test their equipment. They will also learn about new developments in aerial application technology that could lead to more efficiency in the future. New developments are generally geared toward making sure products are applied evenly, efficiently and safely.

 

The group conducting the workshops is the Operation Self-Regulating Application and Flight Efficiency (S.A.F.E.) group from across the country. State agricultural aviator associations also help put on these events.

 

The importance of these events to farmers is obvious, even though farmers themselves aren't attending them. If aviators are better trained and their equipment is calibrated correctly, odds are producers will get more for each dollar invested in both fungicides and the application cost tog et the fungicide where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.

 

Any interested pilot is invited to participate. You can learn more about the event at: www.agaviation.org/opsafepage.htm.

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