Farmer fed up with crop duster, fires shotgun

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EDGAR (AP) — A central Wisconsin dairy farmer frustrated by a low-flying crop duster was cited for disorderly conduct when he took matters into his own hands.

Louis Olson says the plane was passing less than 30 feet above his Edgar farm and was spooking his cattle. Olson says he called the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, but a dispatcher told him without the plane’s tail number, it would be hard to do anything.

That’s when Olson said he told the dispatcher he’d shoot down the plane to get the tail number. He says he got his shotgun and fired.

But, Olson says he didn’t shoot at the plane, but fired his shotgun into a field. Olson admits he may have overreacted, but doesn’t regret getting law enforcement’s attention about the problem.