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AG TECH
Advances in technology have increased the amount of time drones can stay airborne
and the weight of payloads they carry. Photo courtesy of University of Florida.
because it's kind of hard to see everything, " Garcia
said. " It's better to get an aerial space or view from
the drone where you don't have to walk around. You
can identify any kind of errors out in the field. This
kind of technology helps a lot. "
Farmers can also use drones to make more
informed decisions in pest management, crop
monitoring and resource allocation, said Chad Colby,
agricultural technologist consultant to FlyingAg.com
and owner of ColbyAgTech.com.
Sustainable aid
" This technology not only improves productivity
and efficiency, but also contributes to sustainable
agricultural practices by reducing chemical inputs
and optimizing resource utilization, " Colby said.
" Drones are transforming the way farmers
approach crop management, enabling them to
achieve higher yields, reduce costs and enhance
overall farm performance. "
Van Whitehurst of Whitehurst Cattle Co., Williston,
Florida, has been using drones in his timber and
cattle operations since the early 2020s. He expanded
their use to fly over 180 acres of watermelons in
north Florida, scouting for disease. Drones can detect
irrigation leaks and reveal mulch bed leaks growers
might not normally see.
Drones helped Whitehurst save time in field
mapping.
" We're seeing better utilization of the water and
fertilizer going all the way out to the end of the drip
lines with very few dead spots, " Whitehurst said.
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Drones are unlocking applications that
growers couldn't do with current physical tools.
Photo courtesy of Won Suk Lee, University of Florida.
" Planning it out is probably the biggest help the
drone provides. "
Agricultural technology company Hylio
manufactures UAS for precision crop treatment
applications. The Houston-based Hylio machines
apply crop treatments directly to problem areas,
allowing growers to increase yields by addressing
pests and deficiencies with more accuracy and
efficacy, said Arthur Erickson, CEO and co-founder.
" The traditional methods for spraying are great,
but if your ground is muddy, if you have an area, let's
say, like a 5- or 10-acre patch of field that has a lot of
fence lines or trees going through it, it's going to be
extremely difficult, if not downright impossible, for that
tractor to get out and treat your crops, " Erickson said.

July-August

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
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July-August - Organic Grower
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July-August - Ag Tech: Fields of drones
July-August - 30
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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
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