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Summer Aerial Application on Corn Expected to Be High

A demand for fungicide applications on the highest corn acreage in recent history could put planes in the air more often in the Corn Belt this summer.

Farmers planted more acres of corn this year than any season since World War II. This could mean quite a bit of aerial fungicide application this summer. At least, that's what the National Agricultural Aviation Association hopes.

"Aerial is the ideal method of application because it can treat the crop much faster and, unlike other methods of application, it does not disturb the crop or the topsoil," says NAAA executive director Andrew Moore.

Many of the planes will start heading out to the fields during the corn's tasseling stage, and the NAAA expects a large volume of aerial application activity this summer, through early August.

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