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David Sparks Ph.d Future Farm Expo
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: September 07, 2017

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Drones are taking farming and ranching to an unprecedented place. Listen to the prophetic words from Robert Blair, an early advocate of UAV technology. “Agriculture can benefit greatly from drone technology. Not only from an agronomic standpoint but also from a public perception standpoint. We can show that we are doing a very good job farming. We are trying to conserve water, basically sustainability. We can show the public how we grow our crops, not only responsibly but we are families doing it. We are the local food production. Farmers can benefit greatly from the information to help not only reduce costs but to do better farming practices. Drones help me find anomalies in the field. That can be weeds, insects, disease, I have used drones to show animal damage due to depredation.”


At a recent Future Farm Expo in Pendleton, Oregon a professor from British Columbia suggested the drones be used to locate wolves on behalf of ranchers. He proposed arming a UAV with bear spray and guiding it within range of a wolf and zapping him. We reported several years ago on Young Kim, CEO of Digital Harvest. While he was at the Pendleton show, he proposed that drones could go into any vineyard and would be capable of manicuring grapevines to the growers specifications.

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