Intensive agriculture takes intensive work. The fields must be prepared, the plants set out or new seeds planted, and weeds and pests must be managed. Much pest management is conducted from the air, using either fixed-wing planes such as this or helicopters fitted with long spray booms on each side.
Pesticides are no longer used as heavily as in previous years. Integrated pest management is now the watchword, and includes using natural enemies, biological controls, and improved cultivation practices to maintain production.
This pilot is spraying a field to the left of the road. On each pass he must pull up sharply to avoid the powerlines.