The Iowa Department of Transportation has hired aviation contractors to perform aerial seeding and fertilizing along the state’s highways in northwestern and northeaster parts of the state. The job will begin as soon as weather permits.
The state has done this for years in an effort to control roadside erosion. Seed is best applied in the late winter months so that it will germinate in the spring.
The following aerial seeding projects are scheduled to be completed in February and March:
- U.S. 20 in Calhoun and Sac counties, from one mile west of Early east to the intersection of U.S. 20 and Iowa 4.
- Iowa 196 in Sac County, north from Sac County Road D-36 (former U.S. 20) to relocated U.S. 20.
- U.S. 63 in Bremer County, from Iowa 3 north to Bremer County Road C-38.
The flights are only conducted when the wind is 10 mph or less and only during daylight hours of conditions permit. Crews will be on hand on the ground to provide a visual marker to help the pilot keep within the boundaries of the project. They will also provide traffic control during the landings and takeoffs, which will happen frequently so that the planes can reload.