Is Crop-Dusting A Fading Occupation? Ask John Seay of Glen Rose, Texas


Is Crop-Dusting A Fading Occupation? Ask John Seay of Glen Rose, Texas

13 October 2007 at 8:49:23 AM

Interesting article about crop-dusting.

John Seay, 67, hails from Glen Rose but flies for Gerik. His craft of choice is a Grumman Ag Cat, built in 1975. It is a biplane powered by a Pratt & Whitney engine and sporting a propeller.

“I’m having fun all the time. Physically, I get worn out during a long day’s work in this heat, but I’m still having fun,” Seay said, taking a break from spraying cotton fields.


“Maybe I’m wrong, but I just don’t see the interest in aviation among young people,” he said. “I have two sons and three grandsons and none of them seem to have the burning desire to fly that I did.”

But there’s a difference in merely flying and flying a crop duster.

Crop-dusting pilots must swoop close to the fields to drop their deadly payloads of fungicides, herbicides and pesticides.

“I fly under power lines every day,” Seay said in a matter-of-fact tone. He’s had one crash, in 1983.

“It tore up the airplane, but I walked away from it,” he said.

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