Drones provide bird’s eye view of fields

You're responsible for hundreds of acres of orchards. How will you keep track of the farm's water needs? You could drive or walk the field, or you could send up your trusty drone, and analyze the photos and data it brings back from a 10-minute flight.

 

That's the idea behind a multiyear project in which David Doll, a University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Merced County, has teamed with professors and students at UC Merced and California State University, Fresno, to investigate ways farmers can use small drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, to watch over their fields.

 

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