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2016 Updates and Information:

  • Application prices varies subject to fuel costs. If you would like a price quote, please call our office at 989.352.6731.
  • We ask that you provide us with all field names and acres that are to be potentialy sprayed throughout the season.
  • We are now going paperless upon your request. You may now have the option of receiving all information,invoices, and field sheets via e-mail. If you wish to countinue to receive documents through fax, or regular mail that is still an option as well.
  • Heritage AG has a Customer Information Packet that should be filled out and faxed/mailed before you receive any application services. Click on the link below to print our new customers sheet and risks and bennefits information. These must be filled out and returned upon application. Please click here for the printable Information Packet: Heritage AG Documents

Why do we need crop protection products to grow our food and other crops?

The world population continues to grow at a fast pace. Today there are 6.6 billion people, but it is estimated there will be just over 9 billion people by the year 2050. World food needs will double, but land area suitable for farming is not increasing. To produce future food, fiber and bio-fuels and leave room for wildlife we must increase production on the land we are now using. High-yield agriculture benefits the environment by producing maximum crop yields from a small amount of land.

Like the human body, all plants need proper nutrition and protection from diseases and pests to attain maximum growth. This is true regardless of the farming system.

“Pesticides are a key part of modern agriculture, contributing to the dramatic increases in crop yields achieved in recent decades. Pesticides are used in both organic and conventional farming. Through the use of pesticides, farmers are able to produce crops profitably in otherwise unsuitable locations, extend growing seasons, maintain product quality and extend shelf life. In fact, it's better pesticide science that has allowed North America to triple its food production while maintaining the same amount of forest cover as existed a century ago," said Dr. Patrick Moore, Greenpeace Co-Founder and Chairman and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies.”

Is it safe to use crop protection products?

The American Cancer Society states:

"Many kinds of pesticides are widely used in agriculture in the production of our food supply. People who eat more fruits and vegetables, which may contain trace amounts of pesticides, generally have lower cancer risks than people who eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Pesticides play a valuable role in sustaining our food supply. When properly controlled, the minimal risks pesticides pose are greatly overshadowed by the health benefits of a diverse diet rich in foods from plant sources."

Aerial application helps make it possible for us to have these fresh fruits and vegetables year round. Pesticide use has resulted in increased availability and a variety of low cost, fresh fruits and vegetables year round. This has had significant impact on human health because there is strong evidence that increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease, including many cancers. Crop protection products also play a role in enhancing the safety of the food supply by reducing levels of natural toxins, such as mycotoxins and reducing the potential for contamination of fresh produce by food borne human pathogens

What is the industry itself doing to ensure safe application?

From the beginning, the aerial application industry has strived to improve equipment and techniques to provide for accurate and effective delivery of products to crops. In the 1960's the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) was established to foster industry development to the highest standards. NAAA developed the Professional Aerial Applicators Support System (PAASS) to educate pilots about safety, security and drift mitigation. PAASS is committed to reaching every aerial applicator in the U.S. with the latest information regarding these issues. In addition, the NAAA works with the federal government to invest in researching, developing and testing aerial application technologies to strengthen the safe application of crop protection products by air.