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The process of spraying crops with powdered insecticides or fungicides from an aircraft.

crop′-dust′ v.
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1. (Agriculture) the spreading of fungicide, etc on crops in the form of dust, often from an aircraft
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the spraying of powdered fungicides or insecticides on crops, usu. from an airplane.
crop′-dust`er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crop-dusting - the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)crop-dusting - the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
dispersal, dispersion, dissemination, diffusion - the act of dispersing or diffusing something; "the dispersion of the troops"; "the diffusion of knowledge"
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
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(TAP) -- One pilot suffered injuries of different severity when a crop-dusting plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon in the Souihlia area of Sidi Bourouis delegation, Siliana governorate, the National Guard told TAP correspondent.
In the People's Republic of China, farmers are using drones for crop-dusting. Affordable, locally manufactured drones can spray pesticides across huge areas, helping to cut labour and equipment maintenance costs.
Decades without bedbug infestations and repurposed aircraft for crop-dusting caused a problem for the academic field of entomology, he said, because nature doesn't give up easily.
in 1949, the plane did some barnstorming and crop-dusting before being modified for aerial firefighting.
27 -- DJI has launched a smart, crop-dusting agricultural drone called the DJI Agras MG-1.
Even a routine task like scheduling a visit from a crop-dusting plane became trickier.
Fans of the first film will recall how humble crop-dusting plane Dusty Crophopper made big in the world of competitive racing.
Farmers look forward to using drones for pinpoint crop-dusting. Forest fire fighters would find drones useful for spotting fires and for establishing communication links in remote areas.
THE BOTTOM LINE: "Planes'' has a lot of mild sexual innuendo that kids will miss: The amorous Mexican plane courts a lady aircraft; Dusty has his crop-dusting apparatus removed to improve his speed and asks nervously if the procedure is "reversible.'' Younger kids may worry as he flies through storms, narrowly misses mountains and (SPOILER ALERT) falls into the Pacific.
Short of crop-dusting Ottawa with liquid Prozac, it looks like the F-35 is here to stay.
Security checks at crop-spraying sites across Wales and England have also been tightened after America grounded its crop-dusting planes over fears they could be used by terrorists.