New App Helps Farming Drones and Ag Economy Barometer Up in October
**A new APP could help farmers get more out of drones used to gather data on farms.
The When2Fly app, developed by University of California,
Davis researchers, aims to help drone operators on farms steer clear of areas called hotspots that can tamper with the data drones collect.
Creators of the app say the technology helps growers allocate their resources more efficiently in managing water use or nitrogen application.
**The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose four points in October to 110.
The modest improvement in farmer sentiment resulted from farmers' improved perspective on current conditions on their farms as well as their expectations for the future.
Farmers in this month's survey were a bit less concerned about the risk of lower prices for crops and livestock and felt somewhat better about their farms' financial situation.
**The long-term demand trends for dairy products indicate butter, cheese and other full-fat dairy will continue to grow in sales and volume in the near-term.
U.S. consumers have shifted away from margarine and reduced-fat dairy foods over the last decade as nutritional science surrounding saturated fats has evolved.
According to a new CoBank report, the butterfat boom will continue as the dairy supply chain captures additional value from milk with higher fat and protein levels.