Cornell University Cooperative Extension is now testing a new unmanned aerial system (drone) from PrecisionHawk that can help farmers spot problems in the field.
The two-year experimental program was recently approved by the FAA.
Western New York is one of six sites across the country chosen to evaluate the use of drones in everyday life.
Costing upwards of $15,000, the farm drone aircraft, built by Precision Hawk, can carry different sensors and cameras that can help pinpoint things like fertilizer problems, insect infestations, and damage caused by storms.
Plans call for having the farm drone system fully operational in the ten counties served by the Cornell Cooperative Extension by next year.
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