Aerial Seeding - Native Forest
This article is being developed.
Not in the World.
It would be for Australian eucalypt seed. Ron Grose - Heyfield Autumn 1964 [article in Australian Forestry]
The second aerial sowing of eucalypt seed took place in the Barmah Forest [Black Swamp] in 1965. The aircraft was a Cessna 180 equipped with wing pod seeders (Plate 10.7) and had been successfully used on a previous occasion by Grose et al (1964) for seeding a cut-over Eucalyptus delegatensis forest.
The block was sown with 3/4lb. (Eucalyptus camaldulensis - River Red Gum) seed per acre in early June 1965. Aerial seeding of 150 acres took 27 minutes and cost 45 cents per acre. This price covered the return ferry of the aircraft (250 miles) and an aerial reconnaissance prior to seeding.
There is a photo in the collection somewhere of a Pawnee seeding.
How & when did we transition to helicopter seeding?