The Plane Will Be Back. The Danger Of Crop Dusting And Pesticide Exposure.

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Well, summer is just around the corner. The fields across from our house will be planted with something, usually potatoes. The spooky, scary crop dusting plane will be back. I worry about it crashing and what it is spraying near our house.

I watched it dust the field with what, I couldn't say. We rarely see crop dusters way up north they were never used much around here.

Crop dusters aren't new to me. I come from the South so I saw them in the cotton the fields many times. When I was young my cousin and I would stand at the edge of the field waiting for the plane to come at us. We would run and drop to the ground, all in good fun. I'm surprised I have lived as long as I have. I wonder if they were spraying DDT way back then. I have no idea what kind of toxic pesticides we must have been exposed to.

We not only stood at the edge of the field, but we also picked cotton in the fields which had been sprayed with the pesticides.

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The plane was here off and on through the summer. I had to listen to the plane fly over our house. You can’t believe how loud it is. Over and over, it’s like Chinese water torture. I felt at times like I was going crazy. Why can’t he fly in the other direction? It smells after he gets done the spraying. I have to keep our windows closed.

All three of the videos were taken from our house. You can see how loud it is just from the video.

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Out My Bedroom Window I See The Plane Coming Again.

I’m standing in my window one day when I see the plane. I always stand there because of the good light and this is where I put on my make-up. I have an eye disease called Mactel, I need the good light.

Looking out the window to the right are three small pine trees. The very front of the window there are maple trees and one large pine tree on the left, there are two big pine trees on the right, then there’s the road and the power lines.

I’m watching the plane come across the field heading right for me. I’m thinking he’s going to his right, my left and not right over the house. Oh no, he’s coming right at the house, he goes under the power lines and up over the big pine tree in our yard. I duck; I thought for sure he was coming right into our house.

When he goes under the power lines he has to go straight up to make it over the trees. I can tell you he is a daredevil crop dusting man. I would not do what he does for anything. I guess to fly a crop duster you have to be a daredevil.

This makes me a little nervous. I talked to my husband about the plane. He really helps me out he tells me he heard the guy had to put the plane down in another field because its engine went “OUT“. Now I’m really worried.

Crop dusters have struck power lines. Annually, I have no idea how many crashes there are. I tried to find out but don’t seem to be able to find the information. All I know is it worries me.

There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m not looking forward to this plane coming back this year.

Out Our Kitchen Window

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Pesticide Exposure, We're exposed to toxic chemicals.

Last year the guys were here putting the roof on the barn. They were shocked at how close the crop duster was to our house and also a little worried. They saw him come at the house and up over the trees. They looked like they wanted to run

I think about what he’s spraying what kind of pesticides is he using? It seems when he’s around I feel like I have a constant cold. There is always the worry of chemical drift which can go for a long distant. We're right here it doesn't have to go far. I'm sure we're being exposed to fertilizers and insecticides each time the plane sprays.

I know farmers have to take care of their crops, but the spray does come in our direction and is very likely causing our runny eyes and nose.

This year we were covered in potato beetles they were going through my flower garden like crazy and heading into the vegetables. On one day, the flower would be there the next day they were gone. There are thousands of these ugly little beetles crawling up the house and all over the yard. We tried every way we could to get rid of them safely, but nothing worked my husband finally had to go to the feed store and get something to kill them. We had to be careful where we put it so our cats wouldn't get into it and we didn't want to kill off our butterflies.

It's like when a neighbor’s house gets sprayed for roaches. The roaches leave their house and go next door where they're safe. This is what happened to us. The beetles left the field and came here.

I also think of the young animals in the field I know must die from this spray. The cranes always have their babies in the field. If the spraying is getting into our yard is it killing the baby birds born here every year? I have no idea what kind of pesticides are used in this plane.

We always have birds every year in our bird houses that dot the yard. This year no birds I have no idea why or if the dusting from the plane could have anything to do with it.

The second video is out our kitchen window there's a tree out the window with a swing on it. My husband and I were watching him and we didn't think he was going to make it over the tree.

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We also have the constant noise of the water pumps. They run day and night, but I guess crops have to be watered.

On the 4th of July 2014, this plane woke us up at 5:30 in the morning. He's not just flying over the fields but directly over the top of our house very low. When he sprays he does not turn off the spray and has been spraying the field we own.

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GB in Alabama 13 months ago

We live in front of a cotton field, and have more surrounding us. Also this summer a crop duster flew over our house and sprayed a corn field behind us that made me extremely sick. I get sick from the cotton spraying every year, and the crop dusting corn field gave me a mild (but still terrible Stevens-Johnson Syndrome reaction. My doctor said that the only way we can stop it from hirtting us and getting us sick (at least my inhaling), is by wearing a charcoal painters mask inside and outside. There is no airconditioner filter that stops it from keeping it from entering your house. Too bad we don't get notice of when they crop dust the fields, whether it be by plane or by the other epuiptment. If these chemicals aren't bad for us, then why does my county not let you have a well, and why does our city water smell like straight bleach out of the tap after the spraying?

For those looking for something safe to put on your flowers that won't kill butterflies, but kill potato bugs, try diamacious earth. You can find it in amazon or in health food stores. It kills fleas, ticks, beetles, etc. Check it out.


po in Iowa 14 months ago

Is there anything we can do to keep them at least over the fields and not our homes? best I can tell we only own the air space to the peak of the tallest structure my case about 25 feet. I'm toying with the idea of selling yard space to a cell tower!


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

phildazz, Thank you for stopping by. Your right you would think there would be a safer way.


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phildazz 2 years ago from Toronto

There has to be a safer way than crop dusting cause it affects all living creatures in the area. You wouldn't believe the damage it's causing but it needs political will to stop it. How about importing the right type of bugs? They are renewable and natural pesticide?


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Myra Bennett, so sorry to hear that. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Myra Bennett 2 years ago

I just want to stop throwing up the day after the plane does over spray the field and hit my house. Wish someone would stop them


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Diana Mo, Thanks for stopping by so sorry about your auto immune disease. I don't know what they sprayed.


Diana Mo 3 years ago

I have an auto immune disease . Both of my parents died at 54, one of cancer, one of a stroke. We lived next to a cotton field in Alabama. What did the dusters spray in late 60s early 70s?


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, I know I'm that way too. I hate any kind of spray. Thank you for the pin I appreciate it.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I hate to spray a little bug spray around my house to get rid of ants. I would hate to have crop dusters spraying the whole neighborhood. I'm sorry that you have to live with this. It must be dreadful. I have pinned it to my board "Interesting Articles" because I think my followers will be interested in this topic.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Janalee5, Thanks for stopping by. What a crazy thing for a plane to do glad your dogs were all ok. I'm sorry to hear the FAA didn't seem to listen to you. We have never been notified about the crop duster or what he will be spraying on crops. I appreciate your comments.


Janalee5 3 years ago

Hi. I am so impressed with your story and your simple, heartfelt writing style. Just wonderful. I am a writer myself and so admire the way you tell a story. I can empathize with what you have experienced with crop dusters as just this week we had a plane fly right over our house and property repeatedly while we frantically tried to gather our dogs up and get them into the house as they were spooked and running up into the road and we were worried for their safety. We complained to the FAA whose laws state that residents must be notified about the spraying in advance and that planes are not permitted to fly that low over property when not actually unloading their pesticides and most particularly NOT over people and animals. We complained with the state's pesticide regulatory agency but so far I don't think anyone is taking us seriously. My husband and I are wildlife biologists and have studied pesticide use and I think that people in the farming community simply ignore the potential dangers of these chemicals because they have to in order to bring crops to harvest and because crop dusting planes have been a commonplace element in their lives for many years.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Copper Man, Good idea never thought of that. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Copper Man 3 years ago from Alaska

The local Extension Agent should be able to discover what is being sprayed. Whatever it is, it can't be good to breath. Crop dusters (the pilots ) enjoy a very dangerous occupation.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

phildazz, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it. I guess we all worry about pesticides it's one of the problems in our lives.


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phildazz 3 years ago from Toronto

Moonlake, I understand your concerns loud and clear. Pesticides, pesticles, they fill the body with free radicals that cause permanent damage to the cells. Check out my Hubpage on the dangers of free radicals and how to detoxify the body of free radicals.

http://hub.me/aeLD9


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Randy Godwin, Thank you for stopping back by. I didn't know about the jettisons. Thanks for the information.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

No, moonlake, I certainly didn't want to give you the impression I was upset at you at all. Far from it. I simply wanted to allay some of your fears about how dangerous the airplanes are. Did you know the airplanes had a dump lever to jettison those hundreds of gallons of liquid in an instance, giving the plane more chance of not crashing at all if it lost power?

I know you can often smell the spray from the planes, but ground sprayers have just as much or more drift to their swaths and are there longer also.

Did you consider if the spray was drifting onto your property you wouldn't have potato beetles either? Believe me, I know about the noise as 2 of my cousins who are crop dusters use my house--which sits on a rise--as quick location points to get back to their strips.

They use radial engines also, loud as hell compared to those in your video. So believe me, I do indeed understand your concerns.

Sorry if I came across upset. :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Randy Godwin, We can smell the pesticide when he sprays and it does bother us.

He could easily lose power and hit our house and they do hit power lines. I didn't realize they had cutters on the landing gear.

He could fly in the other direction where there are power lines but no homes. Many people get upset because he starts early in the morning that doesn't bother me it's just the constant noise.

I also come from a family of farmers that had to use crop dusters and I know they are important and we need them, no doubt about that look at all the potato beetles they ran out of the field with the pesticides. If the beetles had stayed there they would have never had a good crop of potatoes. Didn't mean to upset you with this hub. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Sorry you are so annoyed by the crop dusters, moonlake. As I come from a long line crop dusters and pilots, I can assure you the EPA keeps a tight watch on what these daring pilots apply to the crops and the effect it may have on the human and animal population.

And I've never heard of a crop duster hitting a home during the activity even though I suppose it has happened before. Most have wire cutters on the landing gear to the cut the power lines if any contact is made with them during the spraying run.

With all the crop dusters around here I also haven't heard of any sickness associated with them. Sorry they worry you so much. :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, I know that they have to spray. When the potato bugs got in our yard they ate everything right down to the ground. I don't know if there is anything else they could spray to kill those little suckers. I guess it has to sprays we don't like.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you for the vote, sharing and pin.

They're in the field today getting ready to plant the crop. It's always a surprise to us what the crop will be.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This is such a double edged sword...I grew up in Queens, NY so there were no planes dropping pesticides, however where I currently live has woods dotted here and there. Years ago they would spray for Mosquitoes and other bugs like crop dusting. They have since stopped because what they were using (probably DDT) was harmful...okay, I understand and agree with the harmful part but now that they are no longer spraying we have Lime Disease, West Nile and other illnesses spread by Mosquitoes that we didn't have years ago! Double edged sword.

I sympathize with the regularity of those terribly low flights over your house! In Queens we could see the underbelly of some of the flights to and from JFK Airport.

Voted up and interesting and hope they raise the planes or stop flying as frequently.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent hub and I've seen these crop dusters in my country too. I'm sure it does affect the health of us humans and other living beings and certainly wish there has to be a way to do away this age old practice, for not only our safety but of the environment as well.

Great hub. Voted up and sharing and pinning.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thanks ologsiquito. Best to you and Happy Holidays.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

You're welcome. I wish you the best.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ologsinquito, In the summer we also grow our own garden and freeze lots of stuff from it. Thanks for stopping by.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

Absolutely. Sometimes the farmer's markets carry produce that isn't sprayed, or grown with very minimal pesticides.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ologsinquito, Thanks for stopping back by. It's so much easier in the summer isn't to get organic?


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

We buy organic too, but, yes, sometimes the stores don't carry a wide selection and the prices are high. Recently, I spoke with one of the district managers of Aldi and he assured me they would start to carry some organic produce, at least in my area. I hope that happens.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ologsinquito, We do buy as much of organic as we can but not always easy. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, I lived by the Rio Grande, El Paso. I do worry about the crop dusters but I guess there is not much we can do about it. Like you said one thing or another will get us. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

Buy organic and put the crop dusters out of business :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

When I lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas...McAllen to be specific...crop dusters were commonly used. One has to wonder about the effects of wind drift and what it does to people and the environment depending upon what they are using in their spray applications. I would be worried also if I lived as close as you do to those fields being "dusted." I guess in this day and age if one thing doesn't get us...another will. The small farms are gradually disappearing in favor of large conglomerates raising most of our food. Up, interesting and sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Your right they are dangerous places to live. My Mom was always sick when she lived by the cotton fields. We moved her away from them and she is doing so much better. This year when they sprayed the fields all the potato bugs came into our yard and started eating everything we had in the garden. Thanks so much for stopping by always nice to see you.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

I was only half grown when most of the farms around ours were bought up by Delmonte and Green Giant. They were planted to green snap beans and potatoes. Crop duster planes were soon a common sight spreading insecticides and herbicides. They didn't just dust the crops that belonged to our neighbors. Often they started and finished dusting on our property.

Since my mother had a huge garden and was always in it, me and my siblings pretty much agree that her cancer and that of at least one person in every home around our area was caused by getting this stuff on them. My mother died from cancer when I was 18. Many of our neighbors died in the immediate years before and after her death.

A few years later I found myself living in the middle of a green bean field and the planes were there regularly. One summer they dusted our swimming pool and so we had to empty it and clean it, etc. The membranes from the underside of my eyelids would constantly peel during spray plane season and clear up when the planes went away.

Once in a while one of the pilots of the planes would accidentally get covered entirely or in part with the insecticide powder and have to be rushed to the hospital. Seems it clogs our pores just like it does the insects, and if not addressed pronto the pilot would die within a matter of minutes.

A good hub and I hope people will take heed and avoid living around these places where spray planes are used so much. Voted up and useful. Will share.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thank you Mary, I don't look forward to this dare devil coming back. Thanks for the vote.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was a very interesting Hub. When I lived in Ga. we would see crop dusters, but I haven't seen one in years. They were scary flying so low over us. Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Joyce, Your right I will have to get some headsets before it starts. I do have itunes but no headsets for it.

Thanks for stopping by and for the vote. Have a great evening.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

How about a headset with music or playing anything to cut the noise out, maybe you've got one of those Itunes thingys. I do feel for you because it would drive me nuts as well.

Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dee aka Nonna,

There may be a way of finding out what they are spraying. I know sometimes it just fertilizer but they do also spray bug spray of some kind. It is usually a very peaceful place.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great evening


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

I really loved reading this. So interesting. Yeah, I would be worry to, not only about the plane coming too close but about what they are spraying. Maybe you can call an enviornmental group to check what they are spraying. Must be something you can do...sounds like it may not be healthy. The fact that you have something that seems like a cold while they are there spraying.

Did enjoy this....sound like during other times it is a beautiful and peaceful place to live.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Vladimir Uhri, I know they no longer spray DDT. When I said that about my cousin and I they were still using it. Many years ago. Your right if it would help people from getting malaria they should use. I remember a time when the UN wasn't corrupt.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.


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Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

I am sorry to hear your concern. I like planes I always was dreaming to be a pilot. I would like to assure you they do not spray DDT. It is forbidden. But there is no scientific evidence DDT is carcerogenic or harming. In contrary in Africa it is prohibited also by corrupted UN and millions people are dying from malaria.

Thanks for info.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Bob, The noise is awful and does drive my husband and I crazy. I'm the one that's here most of the time and putting up with that thing. When it goes over I kind of duck my head and shrink my shoulders up thinking it's coming into the house. I wish he would dust in the other direction.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hhahaha! I jumped and it's only a video when it appeared. I think they are illegal here, or our farms are too small. I live within two miles of Stansted airport in the UK; they usually take off to the south of us and are high by the time any get here, but the noise is sometimes awful: them and the security helicopters night and day!

Hell is here, isn't it? I would go out when the 'duster is going over your house.

Bob

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