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Agricultural News

Our Home page has news and information about agriculture and events in the tri-state region, as well as what crops Grace Flying Service is currently treating.

The Thrush At Work Protecting Crops

Video: Inside the Thrush Cockpit

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Crop Protection

Professional, precise pesticide application is the primary purpose of our business. We treat your fields as if they were our own.

Most of our current customers prefer to contact us by telephone or by coming into our office. Texts and emails are fine, but we need to know what crops are adjacent to the target crop and which pest(s) we are controlling.

If you have questions about which products to use, we are happy to help you with the decision. We sometimes suggest alternative options which are less expensive or reduce cropping restrictions. We will apply any legal product that you desire: our business is application, not recommendation. In some cases, we will reluctantly turn down a job: we might not be able to do it efficiently, or there might be a better option for you.

Local Weather Stations

Local, internet-connected weather stations provide a wealth of valuable data: temperature, wind, humidity, rainfall totals, barometric pressure--and often maximums and minimums.

We operate two Davis weather stations: Broadview and kSYF. Our Broadview station is about 10 miles northeast of town, and the kSYF station is atop our office on the Cheyenne County airport in Saint Francis, Kansas.

Pro tip: When you are viewing Davis branded stations, clicking on Summary in the upper right menu bar is often useful.

Other useful stations in the area include Raile, which is about 12 miles WNW of Saint Francis; Gienger--13 miles NNE of town; Beaver Creek--12 miles NE of Goodland; and Haigler, Nebraska.

If you would like tips on hosting an internet enabled weather station, give us a call. From long experience, we know what not to do...

Herbicide Information

Kansas State University issues a very complete compendium of herbicides, entitled 2017 Chemical Weed Control for Field Crops, Pastures, Rangeland, and Noncropland. This 144 page document has everything from REIs, recommendations concerning which weeds are best controlled with different products, toxicity ratings, pesticide handling tips, soil persistence of herbicides, trade names of common pre-mixes, and more.

If you handle or apply herbicides, you will likely find this publication useful. Click here for the KSU weed control guide.

REIs-Return Entry Intervals

Most pesticides have labeled limitations defining how soon you may re-enter the treated area. There are several exemptions to this REI rule--for crop advisers, hired handlers, and owners and their family. Here are more details on the owner and family exemptions to re-entry.

As part of our custom application service Grace Flying Service sends Application Notifications--via SMS text message--to our customers whenever a field is treated. This Application Notification includes the most restrictive REI for the tank mix that is applied.

If you would like to determine the REI of other products, this website is very useful.

Local Grain Prices

Cash grain prices for Idalia (Scoular), Goodland (Scoular), and Saint Francis (Equity) are here.

The Cessna AgTruck, Flying High

Pesticide Labels

There are too many pesticide labels for us to count, let alone list on our website. Click here for a useful pesticide label database from the EPA.

Worker Protection Standard

The US government has an imposing set of WPS regulations designed to protect agricultural workers. These regulations affect all pesticide handlers, and their employers, as well as anyone who might be in a treated field. As noted above, there are several exemptions to the WPS rules--for crop advisers, hired handlers, and owners and their family.

The EPA revised the WPS regulations in November, 2015, and those new regulations went into effect January, 2017. In addition, three more regulations will become effective January 2, 2018.

Click here for the official WPS rulebook.