Often associated with the daredevil barnstormers of yesteryear, today’s crop dusters or aerial applicators, as they are called in the industry, are highly trained precision pilots.
The crop duster’s relationship with the farmer is both symbiotic and extremely important. A farmer’s success often depends on the crop duster’s services which include protection of crops from insects, fungus and weeds.
The first known use of an aircraft for aerial agriculture application was in New Zealand in 1906 from a hot air balloon used to spread seeds. However, the use of aerial application in agriculture did not take off until the early 1920’s. The industry has grown to include nearly 5,000 agriculture pilots nationwide, and the importance of their work can not be overstated. Today’s Ag pilots safely and responsibly deliver fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizer to increase crop yields around the country and across Ventura County.
This photographic exhibit tells the story of the great airmen who forged an industry that has become an integral part of farming across the county and around the world. Learn about local Ag pilot legends like Phil Murray, Thomas McLoughlin, Ted Vanegas and Rob Scherzinger.
This exhibit will on display at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum located at 926 Railroad Ave Santa Paula, CA 93060 until July 15, 2018.
For more information please call: (805) 525-3100 ext 101