U.S.: Can Drones Provide Agricultural ‘Ground Truth’?

U.S.: Can Drones Provide Agricultural ‘Ground Truth’?

To hear the early adopters for drone technology tell it, low-flying platforms equipped with multi-spectral sensors can deliver high-resolution field data on everything from the performance of irrigation systems to soil maps that tell growers where and when to apply fertilizer, writes George Leopold for EE Times.

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The consensus among those early adopters seems to be that agricultural drones are a great tool for large operations where growers need to keep tabs on thousands of irrigated acres or among “high-value” crop farmers such as the managers of vineyards and orchards. “We’re seeing more traction there,” says Drew Baustian, business development manager for MicaSense, an agricultural drone sensor and data analysis specialist.

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