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Corn+Soybean Digest

Using UAVs on the farm

Jim Love, farm business advisor, Beck’s Hybrids, talks about using UAVs on the farm. “Once you’ve purchased the plane or the helicopter the money is spent, so now the trick is, how many times can I use it. Even if it’s a small problem, if I can sort it out, it’s going to be better for the grower,” he says.

Love also urges farmers to proceed with caution in purchasing UAVs. “Get an entry level machine and take it to the field and work with it.”

His personal preference is an airplane to gather several acres of data. Or, “I would probably look at a light-duty hobby helicopter with a Go-Pro.” 

Love also talks about using multiple cameras, including thermal imaging, which the company is really excited about. He also offers how using a UAV can impact the farmer's bottom line.

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