By Jeremiah Karpowicz
Talk about how drones will play a role on the “farm of the future” is as pervasive as it is captivating. These benefits are being showcased for the agriculture industry as a whole in terms of cost and usability, but drones are also being positioned as the tools that will be utilized to help meet exponential increases in food production demand.
That said, numerous experts have discussed why it doesn’t make sense to consider how drones will impact agriculture as a whole, mostly because this industry is not a single homogenous marketplace.
A farmer that has 100 acres of a certain crop might not be able to use drone technology in the same way as someone who has 1,000 acres, even if we’re talking about the exact same crop in the exact same climate.
Being able to efficiently and effectively utilize a drone depends on a number of factors, and a recent article in Wines & Vines explored how one wine specialist has been able to make the technology work for him.
Jim Meyers is based in Westchester, N.Y. and serves as the viticulture specialist for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in a 17-county region in eastern New York.
His recent article, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone, detailed an emerging case study for drones in viticulture, but Meyers had more to say about what it would mean to see the technology utilized as a mainstream precision agriculture device.
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