anniversary of aerial application is around the corner, and we’re looking for
your participation! Do you have great photos, videos or memories of aerial
application that you’d like to share? For almost a century, aerial application
an important part of the aviation and agriculture industries. Now,
NAAA invites you to share your favorite memories and photos for a chance to be
featured in our 100th anniversary celebration materials, which will debut
In 1921, in
an experiment in Ohio, an airplane was used to spread lead arsenate dust over
catalpa trees to kill sphinx moth larvae. Under the direction of the Ohio
Department of Agriculture, Lt. John A. Macready, a U.S. Army pilot, made the
first aerial application with a modified Curtiss JN-6 “Super Jenny.” The
government then utilized aerial application in the Southern states. In 1922,
Curtiss biplanes were used to dust cotton fields near Tallulah, La., to control
boll weevils. In 1923, Huff-Daland Dusters Inc.—the forerunner of Delta
Airlines—did the first commercial dusting of crops with its own specially built
aircraft. Today, approximately 2,700 professional aerial application operators
and pilots operate in the United States, and aerial application accounts for up
to one-fifth of the delivery of crop protection products in American
submit entries by emailing email@example.com. Select photos may be featured in video, print, online and
social media to celebrate this 100-year milestone. Aerial application has been
the livelihood of readers like you and their predecessors for almost a century
and our industry has made a positive impact in your life, so we want to hear your
stories. Photos, stories and cherished memories are encouraged.
To submit photos, email the following information
We request that ALL submissions be sent electronically via
email. Please DO NOT send links to websites. Only submissions with the required
information will be considered.
contact information (name,
address, telephone/cell numbers, email address)
- Submit photos using the preferred format if possible:
DPI (dots per inch)
Image Size: 1080
File Format: JPEG
photo should include a complete descriptive caption that coincides with
the photo’s filename (e.g., SprayingCorn1978).
caption/description of the image. Photos must be
accompanied by a caption with information such as the year or approximate year
the photo was taken, who or what is in the photo, where the photo was taken,
what’s happening in the photo and photo credit. Example: John
Doe defoliating cotton in Levelland, Texas, in 1978. Photo taken by Jane Doe.
stories and memories using
email, a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
After your submission is sent: Please be patient; we will be collecting this
information over the next two years. Please also note that some submissions may
not be featured, but we will do our best to honor submitted memories.
If you do not wish to have your submission added to our image database to
be used in other NAAA marketing materials such as brochures, social media posts
or on the NAAA website, please specify that when you submit your photo. NAAA
does not compensate for photos.