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Some farmers taking notice of agricultural drones

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Updated: 8/11/2014 12:01 pm
By Molly Hadfield
NBC News

NESS CITY, Kan. — Farmers are starting to take notice of agricultural drones as an event held this past week drew dozens.

"Well, the technology's here and it's going to stay. Everybody that farms in some way or another is going to be doing something with this technology," said Chris Pope, who works for Crop Quest in Dodge City.

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Drones are becoming more widely used in rural areas, allowing farmers to see problem areas in their crops without having to drive a distance or get in a plane.

"Everybody likes to see the big picture before they make big decisions and what this does through this technology is allows us is to get a camera up in the air and actually see what's going on in the field as a whole," said Beau Dealy, one of the men demonstrating the drones.

Drones can fly up to 400 feet in the air to monitor and check the health of crops. They can also be flown by themselves using GPS or by using a hand-held remote.

"There's a lot of things you can't see from the ground but if you get up in the air you have a different perspective, you can see yellow spots, problem spots, and see what's causing those problems," said Kent Kirk of BTI, another company demonstrating their drone. Farmers who attended the extension office's program say they're open to the new technology.



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