Drones to be Used in Local Farming - WBAY

Drones to be Used in Local Farming

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Technology is the future of farming. And today dozens of local farmers had an opportunity to see some of the newest technology at work.

It may have only been a demonstration in a parking lot, but for farmers, drones are the future of their business.

Aaron Sheller is a 7th generation farmer and owner of Precision Drones. He says, "We stay under 400 feet. We keep it within sight. We don't fly at night. and if you're within three miles of huge air traffic control area like this airport you talk to the air traffic controller and you get clearance to fly."

Sheller's company is teaming up with Riesterer and Schnell in Wisconsin to make drones available to local farmers. It's a tool that will not only save time for farmers, but will also help to increase their yield. No longer will a farmer need to scout acres of land on foot to learn about their crops, instead they can send up a drone with a camera to survey what's going on.

Says Todd Vogel from Riesterer and Schnell, "With the drones we're able to help analyze the fields better by seeing the exact photosynthesis of the plant in the field so we can see the growth of it knowing which areas are good, which areas are bad."

And then, based on what the drone captures in its survey, farmers can determine how to best use sprayers and program them to target specific areas of their land.

Says Vogel, "We're then able to write the prescription maps for the self propelled sprayers out in the field or even with planters we're able to variable rate seed applications. Therefore we're maximizing the maximum potential that the soil is capable of."

Larry Van Straten a cabbage farmer from Shiocton plans to buy a drone for the upcoming year.

He says, "The drone now will be able to do 160 acres probably in 10 minutes, 15 minutes where I scout probably four to five hours every day."

Despite the hefty price tag of more than $15,000 for the drone, Van Straten understands the benefits of saving time and money by using it.

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