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Drones Helping Farmers with Crops

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 10:16 AM CDT

ILLINOIS --


A developing technology that has been receiving quite a bit of criticizim recently is now being used by farmers. Drone sales for agricultural purposes are exploding right now according to an industry professional.


Drones, or unmanned aircraft, are becoming more popular as a means for farmers to monitor their crops. Take a look at this demonstration in auburn where dozens of farmers watched as this drone flew over a field and captured pictures that show different colors to reveal the health of crops. Farmers can also get a live look at what the drone sees.


Farmer Brett Ladage thinks "all farmers need to look at it as if it's just another tool in their tool box. I think down the road it'll help for scouting, agronomy, to see what's out there, to see if there's any problems."


General Manager Michael Clark at Mclean Implement agrees saying that he thinks it's going to bring a lot of benefits to farmers, helping to reduce input costs and basically help the farmer produce more with less cost.


The Federal Aviation Administration is still developing rules for the use of drones also known as unmanned aircraft. As of now farmers are allowed to purchase drones for their use on their own property as long as they follow faa guidelines.

Drones Helping Farmers with Crops


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