Crop dusters waiting for the next rain

Crop dusters waiting for the next rain

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Crop dusters are something commonly seen around Region 8 this time of year, but Thursday many of them were not flying as much as they were earlier this spring.

Kevin Carpenter with Quinn Aviation said it all has to do with the weather.

"When it gets wet the ground rigs can't get into the field, and the ground rig is kind of like a tractor with spray booms on it," Carpenter said. "It goes across the ground and sprays in current conditions, but when it is wet, it leaves tracks and mud and it compacts the ground and they just can't get in the field."

Carpenter said they have several ways of checking the weather at their airfield and continue to track the weather even when they are in the planes.

Rain chances are increasing for the weekend and Carpenter expects the business to increase as well.

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