Drones Give Farmers New View on Farming


droneFarmers and ranchers attending the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show learned about the advantages and practical considerations of using unmanned aerial vehicles during a workshop presented by the Unmanned Farmer Robert Blair.

A fourth-generation farmer and vice president of agriculture for Measure Drone as a Service, Blair gave farmers and ranchers some tips on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the American Farm Bureau’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando in January.

Blair started using drones on his family farm ten years ago to help increase profitability and reduce environmental impact.

“UAVs give proactive data throughout the season,” said Blair. “You can see what is happening and make adjustments on the spot.”

Drone technology allows farmers to be more precise with water, fertilizer and pesticides, using less to grow more and protecting important resources.

According to Blair, agriculture has yet to see the full potential of what drones can do to make farming more efficient, and it’s important for farmers to not only adopt new technologies but to engage with lawmakers on the way regulations impact their ability to use these tools on their farms.

“It’s about farming better and making better decisions,” added Blair.