Helicopters dropping seeds on Berkshire County farm fields to save topsoil



helicopter seeeds organic farmingIt’s not quite pennies from heaven, but an aerial cover crop-seeding program could make a difference to local farmers challenged by topsoil erosion.

Beginning Wednesday, low-flying helicopters are dropping winter rye grass seed over select farm fields throughout Berkshire County.

The locally distributed seeds are destined for corn fields and will fall while the corn stands tall, said Diane Badeker Petit, the community relations spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service state office.

“It’s a pretty fast process,” she said. “The seeds are loaded into a hopper that hangs under the helicopter and the helicopter takes off, using a GPS system to apply the seed precisely.”

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