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AG TECH
Drones improve crop
scouting, helping growers
understand crop progress
on a farm-wide scale.
Photo courtesy of Hylio.
FIELDS OF
This is the first in a three-part series, focusing on the
rising use of drones in specialty ag operations and the
growing number of tasks they can do. Future installments
will look at costs and the pros and cons of owning versus
leasing, and what the future holds for drone technology.
BY DOUG OHLEMEIER
ASSISTANT EDITOR
U
nmanned aerial systems (UAS) - drones - are
becoming more popular in grower operations.
Drones are taking on more labor-intensive
tasks as technology improves, allowing farmers to
carry out traditional tasks like spraying for pests.
They've also opened the door to new opportunities,
efficiently gathering valuable data for comprehensive
crop analysis and decision-making.
" Drones in agriculture overall have become
more and more prevalent, " said Ittai Marom,
general manager of Israel-based Tevel Aerobotics
Technologies. " They are used for different operations,
whether spraying or taking photos or fruit counting or
disease detection, you name it. Drones have gained
many capabilities. They can stay longer in the air and
can carry more and more payloads of different kinds. "
When torrential rains caused flooding in California
early this year, drones helped Bowles Farming Co.,
which grows conventional and organic tomatoes for
fresh and processing markets, as well as cantaloupe,
carrots, onions and garlic in California's Central Valley.
Unmanned aerial systems are becoming more popular
in grower operations. Photo courtesy of ColbyAgTech.
Drones with cameras allowed Bowles Farming
personnel to access flooded tomato fields to assess
damage, said Lalo Garcia, technology manager of the
Los Banos, California, company. Bowles has been
using drones since 2017, primarily for field mapping
and monitoring plant health.
Bowles sends images to Drone Deploy to detect
diseased plants or provide other information to the
company and others, including agronomists, Garcia said.
" They help out if there's something out in the field,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August

Editor's Letter
Grower Profile: Central Florida leafy greens
GLVPN Veg Connection: Vegetable crop yields
Organic Grower
Ag Tech: Fields of drones
Plant & Soil Health: Fusarium wilt
Great Lakes EXPO News: Connecting growers through the digital market space
Farm Market & Agritourism: Agreements between growers provide additional opportunities
Ag Labor Review
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
July-August - 1
July-August - 2
July-August - 3
July-August - Editor's Letter
July-August - 5
July-August - Grower Profile: Central Florida leafy greens
July-August - 7
July-August - 8
July-August - 9
July-August - GLVPN Veg Connection: Vegetable crop yields
July-August - 11
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July-August - Organic Grower
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July-August - Ag Tech: Fields of drones
July-August - 30
July-August - 31
July-August - Plant & Soil Health: Fusarium wilt
July-August - 33
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July-August - 35
July-August - Great Lakes EXPO News: Connecting growers through the digital market space
July-August - 37
July-August - Farm Market & Agritourism: Agreements between growers provide additional opportunities
July-August - 39
July-August - Ag Labor Review
July-August - 41
July-August - Classifieds
July-August - Advertiser Index
July-August - 44
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