A yellow agricultural crop dusting aircraft sprays a farm field with pesticide.
Aerial application, or what was formerly referred to as crop dusting, involves spraying crops with crop protection products from an agricultural aircraft. Planting certain types of seed are also included in aerial application. The specific spreading of fertilizer is also known as aerial topdressing in some countries.
Agricultural aircraft are highly specialized, purpose-built aircraft. Today's agricultural aircraft is often powered by a turbine engines of up to 1500 hp and can carry as much as 800 gallons of crop protection product.