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Farmers hope to use drone flights to help survey land, maximize output

Farmers hope to enjoy great benefit from enjoying drone use.

Published Sat, Feb 21 2015 5:14 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently outlined commercial drone flight rules, but it will take anywhere from 18 months to two years before the rules are official. However, farmers are excited about being able to legally use drones to help with day-to-day farming activities.

Farmers hope to use drone flights to help survey land, maximize output | TweakTown.com

"The overall goal is to assist the crop scouts and to see where the [crop] stresses are that they might not even know existed," said Erik Johnson, from the Leading Edge Technologies, in a statement published by the Northfield News. The ability to analyze crop deficiencies and other aspects will greatly speed up the current process, Johnson notes.

Agricultural representatives will work with the FAA to discuss possible drone rule exceptions - as some farmers discussed the possibility of nighttime drone flight to help spur extra growth of crops, for example.

NEWS SOURCES:popsci.com, i.ytimg.com

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