The Plane Will Be Back. The Danger Of Crop Dusting And Pesticide Exposure.
The Plane The Plane
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.
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.
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
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.
- Crop duster crashes inches from Washington, Iowa home | TheGazette
Pilot not hurt, but family in home shaken up
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.