Capt. Ben Smith Airfield a buzz

Ricketts Farm Service of Shelbina supplies cover crop to a Woods Flying Service crop duster which is servicing area farmers looking to improve compaction and keep erosion to a minimum.

Ricketts Farm Service of Shelbina supplies cover crop to a Woods Flying Service crop duster which is servicing area farmers looking to improve compaction and keep erosion to a minimum.

Capt. Ben Smith Airfield, also known by pilots as K52, sits one nautical mile south of Monroe City. The airport named after fallen hometown hero Benedict J Smith, a Captain in the United States Army who lost his life Nov. 7, 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, is a hidden asset for Monroe City.

The airport harbors a 3,515 ft. runway that is ideal for private business jets as well as hobbyist. This week the agriculture community took advantage of the well-kept airfield. Among several companies utilizing the facility to fly on cover crops was Rickets Farm Service out of Shelbina. Ricketts hired Dave from Woods Flying Service out of Memphis to service area farmers looking to improve compaction and keep erosion to a minimum.

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