When people hear the word "drone", they may have misconceptions, but these unmanned aerial vehicles are actually contributing to the agriculture industry.
Drones are no longer these giant killing machines we used to think about 20 years ago. They're the size of small, two pound toys. they're small helicopters, they carry a go pro camera on board, and they film and take excellent photos.
If someone hears the word drone, the misconception is that they are used for spying, or that they are dangerous. The true intention behind these unmanned aerial vehicles, or "UAV's", in agriculture is to address problems in the fields.
However, technology needs to follow approved standards, and with UAV's being new to the agriculture industry, commercial use is not currently allowed under mandates set by the Federal Aviation Administration.
As it stands right now, people can fly under hobbyist rules . They can not charge anybody for data or this analysis. The hobbyist rules are you have to stay under 400 ft. and you have to stay in the line of sight.
By bringing the UAV's to Farm Technology Days, it provides the opportunity to bridge the gap between what farmers are using now, and even newer technology to increase their success rate in the fields.
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