State Report Due Soon for Melbourne Residents

Sunday August 24, 2003 -- Posted at 1:16 p.m. CDT

MELBOURNE, Ark. -- A final state report is expected this fall on damage done to gardens and trees when two crop-dusters sprayed fields last spring south of Melbourne.

About 90 residents complained to the state plant board that trees, shrubs and garden plants on their properties wilted and in some cases died after crop-dusters sprayed about a dozen fields.

A preliminary report doesn't assign blame for the damage but says that one of the pilots didn't have a license to spray the herbicide.

The pilot could face a fine of up to $1,8000 field sprayed. The landowners who hired the crop-dusters also could be fined.