It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a homemade drone. Idaho farmer Robert Blair and a friend built their own drone with cameras to monitor his 1,500 acres of land.
The drone that resembles a small Cessna weighs less than 10 pounds and is 5 feet long. Blair uses the drone to view his cows and fields of wheat, peas, barley and alfalfa. “It’s a great tool to collect information to make better decisions, and we’re just scratching the surface of what it can do for farmers,” said Blair, who lives in Kendrick, Idaho, roughly 275 miles north of Boise.
Experts point to agriculture as the most promising commercial market for drones because the technology is a perfect fit for large-scale farms and vast rural areas where privacy and safety issues are less of a concern.
The technology could revolutionize agriculture, farmers say, by boosting crop health, improving field management practices, reducing costs and increasing yields.
In the near future you could see more agriculture drones in Idaho skies.
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