Miccar Aerial Ltd. Crop Spraying in Yorkton, Saskatchewan


2017 Ag Pilot Training

Above: Students and Instructors 2017 Ag Pilot Training Course

Ag School

As the spring approaches we are starting to prepare for the upcoming spring Ag Training Program.  Positions are starting to fill call to book your spot!  New for this year is a Dehavilland Chipmunk that was purchased to replace the Citabria for Tailwheel conversions and Ag Flying Technique demonstration.  We feel the Chipmunk will be an excellent training aircraft and be a real joy to fly!

Above: DeHavilland Chipmunk

Family Fun Day at the Yorkton Airport

Aerial Fertilizing

Did you know we can apply dry fertilizer with an aircraft?  Below our AT-401W is re-loading with Ammonium Sulphate.  We can cover alot of acres in short amount of time giving growers the ability to keep their drill running for longer with fewer stops to fill.  If you would like more information on dry fertilizer applications please give us a call. 1-306-786-3345

Foreign Ag Pilot Training

We are happy to have four pilots conducting Ag Pilot Training with us all the way from Indonesia.  Upon completion of the training the four students will return to Indonesia to apply dry fertilizer to Palm Tree Plantations.  The students are starting their training in the Citabria for initial Tail Wheel Conversions then transitioning to the Pawnee and then completing their training in the turbine powered Thrush 510P.  This is the first time Indonesia has sent pilots to a foreign location to conduct ag pilot training.  For more information please click here. 

Above: (L to R) Michael Yaholnitsky (instructor), Favian Citra Wijaya, Vaderman Fuso, Firliawan Muhammad Bhantiyo, Mochammad Reza Rachmat, Devan Yaholnitsky (instructor).

Farming for Health

We are proud to be supporters of the Yorkton Health Region Farming for Health program.  Local businesses donate time and resources in an effort to help raise money for a new Health Care Facility here in Yorkton.  We have participated since 2014 and will continue to support this great cause.

Ground vs. Aerial

In the 2015 season we participated in a Ground Vs. Aerial trial to determine if one is better than the other.  The product applied was Prosaro on wheat, two applications were made with a ground rig.  One at 12 us/gal per acre and one at 15 us/gal per acre to compare the two ground application rates.  The aircraft made one application at 2 us/gal per acre.  A 200’ + check strip was left between the ground applications and the aerial application.  The results confirmed that the aircraft is capable of achieving the same results at significantly lower water volumes compared to the ground rig.  The aerial yield actually averaged 1 bu/ac higher than the ground rig in this particular trial.  This solidifies our statement that we can do an equal if not better job with an aircraft with lower water volumes using rotary atomizers calibrated to ensure adequate coverage.  Please see trial photos and results below.

Above: Aerial photo of trial field a few weeks from harvest.  Note the difference in color between sprayed and unsprayed wheat.

Above: Left - ground rig yield, Middle - unsprayed check, Right - aerial yield.

Above: View from the combine between sprayed and unsparyed parts of the field.

Above: Yield results at harvest. 

Improving Efficiency Through Calibration

We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency and productivity to better serve our customers.  Over the years we have improved many systems such as upgrading pumps to reduce fill time.  In 2012 we purchased our first Turbine powered aircraft that proved to be a true work horse, in 2013 we converted our two Air Tractors to Turbine which again improved efficiency, reliability and productivity.

One area of spraying whether with an aircraft or ground rig that can be changed to improve productivity and efficiency is reducing water volumes.  This has been a debate amongst growers, manufacturers and agronomists that has been ongoing forever!  The mindset has always been that more water will ensure better coverage and therefore better results however we have proven that is not always correct.  The industries solution has been to build larger sprayers with enormous tanks to try an improve efficiency.  What about reducing water volume and focus on proper calibration and set up of your sprayer.  Take a 1200 us gallon ground rig making a 10 us/gal per acre application of fungicide.  On a full quarter section (160 acres) you still need to stop and fill once before completing the field.  If you reduce the water to 7.5 us/gal per acre or less think of the efficiency and productivity gains per hour.  Now it is not as simple as just cutting back the water, careful consideration has to be given to ensure the sprayer and nozzles are set up properly and capable of creating the correct droplet spectrum to ensure proper coverage.  It is not the amount of water you put through your sprayer that ensures proper coverage but the selection of nozzle and sprayer set up that creates the correct droplet spectrum for the product being applied. 

We have spent a great amount of time and effort on researching different aerial application nozzles, including bringing in aircraft calibration specialists that have worked with some of the largest farms in the world to improve efficiency and productivity.  These specialists convey the same message that more water is not the answer, but a properly calibrated sprayer with lower water will do the same and in most cases provide better results and improved yields.  Our research has shown that rotary atomizers are one of the most effective nozzles available for aerial application.  The nozzles ability to control droplet size over a broad range make them very effective at producing a uniform pattern that ensures proper coverage.  Through numerous calibration and product trials using our ASC A10 rotary atomizers we have proven that our systems are most effective in providing efficient and adequate coverage at 2 us/gal per acre or less.  

Above: Thrush Calibration flight at 1.5 us/gal per acre, note the uniform pattern and amount of droplets created by the ASC A10 Rotary Atomoizers.


Heat LQ Reduced Water Volume Trial

We conducted a reduced water volume trial with Heat LQ during the 2015 harvest season on a standing Canola Crop.  The aircraft and nozzles were calibrated to make a 1.5 US/Gal per acre application, the Heat LQ was mixed with Glyphosate in accordance with the product label.  The application was made in the afternoon, average temperature was 20C with a relative humidity of 35%, wind was out of the south at 16 km/h.  The aircraft used was one of our Air Tractor 401W with 8 ASC A10 Rotary Atomizers for nozzles.  The Canola crop was uniform in height and yield, water sensitive cards were placed above the Canopy to capture the pattern near the top of the plants.  Small mirrors were placed on the ground below each card to capture the drops that penetrated the canopy to cover any weeds below.  The coverage above and below the canaopy was outstanding, we had monitored the crop up to harvest and noticed a reduction in time to maturity compared to other Canola crops sprayed with Heat LQ and Glyphosate at 3 us/gal per acre which took an additional 14 days to mature. 

Above: Miccar AT401W applying Heat LQ + Glyphosate at 1.5 us/gal per acre

Above: Water sensitive cards at top of Canola canopy

Above: Mirrors that were placed on the ground below the water sensitive cards to show coverage at the ground level, you can see the actual drops on the mirrors that stayed "wet" for greater than 10 minutes after the application.  This should prolong the "life" of the spray droplets which can enhance absorbtion of the product.

Above: Canola crop one week after application, note the difference in color of the stuble next to standing crop and where swaths are on the ground.

Above: Left - unsprayed Canola seed.  Right - sprayed Canola Seed

New & Used Aircraft Sales

Miccar Aerial Ltd. is excited to be working in cooperation with Mid-Continent Aircraft in bringing additional services to the Canadian aerial application market. This relationship will allow us to sell New or used aircraft from their inventory into the Canadian market. 

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