When you think about Drones, the odds are good that you consider their
military applications. After all we have seen the videos of soldiers
throwing up drones into the air in order to stalk the enemies position.
The odds are good that you have not given the implications of drones in
farming much consideration. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
has been given the OK by Congress to pick out six test sites for the use
of farming drones. The sites, which are all going to be in Venture
County California, will be used for the testing of the unmanned aerial
vehicles (AEV's) for farmers.
Drones have, in the recent past, but used as a safer and more cost
effective way of spraying pesticides over the crops in some locations.
After all taking the humans out of the equation does lessen the long
term risks associated with exposure to commercial pesticides, such as
possible neurological damage. The new drones could, in the future, also
be paired with censors that would help to detect which areas of the
crops are dehydrated and perhaps even which parts of the fields are
exhibiting signs of ripeness. The sensors won't replace the judgement of
a farmer, but it just may help him to get the job done more