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DRY APPLICATION INFORMATION:

We offer a variety of dry applications like seeding small grains and cover crops, and spreading of dry fertilizers.

Aerial Spreading of Fertilizer: The major advantage of aerial spreading is timing.  Not only can we cover a large area in the least amount of time, but growers don't have to wait and potentially miss the window of opportunity due to ground conditions that would limit other methods (too wet).    Each year we make nitrogen applications to thousands of acres of wheat and corn.  Contact us to inquire if we partner with your agronomists - if we don't we can plan with you directly.

Cover Crop Seeding:  Establishing a cover crop is beneficial for a number of reasons.  Some cover crops can suppress soil borne diseases, nematodes, and some weeds.  They can also increase infiltration, carbon content and percolation rates of the soil surface while providing supplemental grazing for livestock in the late fall and early winter.  You can establish a cover crop by aerial broadcast.  Aerial application allows seeding to be done when it is impossible to use ground equipment when crops like tall corn are present or the soil is too wet.  In our area there is a limited window between harvest and the end of the growing season.  With an aircraft, growers have the opportunity to seed into standing crops without distrubing them, and allow for the growth process to begin before harvest. 

Some examples of seed selections most suited for aerial broadcast are Small Grains (rye, wheat, barley, oats), Ryegrass (annual, perennial), Small Seeded Brassicas  (turnips, radishes), and small seed legumes (clover, alfalfa etc).   Large seeded legumes are not recommended for aerial seeding. 

Soil surface conditions should be moist and friable to enable good contact for the seed, it is important to work with the weather forecast and crop stage for best success.  Call Countryside Aviation to purchase cover crop seed and have us fly it on for you!


Pricing Information: Aerial seeding and spreading does cost more than aerial spraying due to the additional time and manpower invested in the project. There are many variables that come into play when pricing dry applications and each farmer will receive a unique quote based on: 
1. Rate of application (pounds per acre) The rate will determine how many times we have to take off, land, and return to the field therefore determining how much of the field we can cover at one time and how long your project will take.  Each different type of seed will have a recommended rate of application.
2. Location of the fields in relevance to an available airstrip to determine estimated jet fuel consumption.
3. Job size that will let us know if we can charge a per acre rate, or if an hourly rate is more appropriate.

*contact us with this information for an accurate quote.  Pooling fields together with neigboring farms in your community into one large project can drive costs down.