Regulations struggle to keep up with UAVs

Precision agriculture

The dizzying pace at which UAVs have come onto the scene has regulators scrambling to keep up, and that may spell delays in bringing the many benefits of the technology to the farm in a timely and economical manner. by Paul Hollis in Farm Press Blog How many of you witnessed an unmanned aerial vehicle […]

Tech-savvy growers already replacing satellite imagery

Drones used to collect information for drought management, disease protection and pesticide application Posted Dec. 19th, 2014 by William DeKay The buzz about using unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for precision agriculture is getting louder among producers looking to improve their bottom line. The technology continues to evolve, improve and become more specific […]

Legal Commercial Drone Use? We’re Inching Closer.

    Drones can and are being used in dozens of ways on the farm. Trouble is, the FAA doesn’t strictly find those commercial uses legal, says John Dillard, an associate lawyer at OFW Law. “The FAA’s position is that any kind of commercial operation is only authorized on a case-by-case basis,” he says. “There’s […]

Pirker Reversal, FAA Bungling: Where We Are Today With Drones In Ag

By: Matthew J. Grassi Simply put, when TheUnmannedFarmer speaks on drones in agriculture, people tend to shut-up and listen. Robert Blair, the man behind the popular drone-centric blog (TheUnmannedFarmer.blogspot.com) is well-known in precision agriculture circles after becoming the first U.S. farmer to adopt drone technology on his 1500 acre Idaho farm back in 2006. A […]

While America waits drones to detect vine disease in France

An alliance of Burgundy’s wine council, Airbus air defence engineers and Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez have agreed funding to test the use of drones to detect killer vine diseases. The consortium plans to spend up to €1.7m during the second phase of its drone project, named Damav and set to last 36 months, according […]