Weighing in at five pounds, unmanned aircraft have a bright future in farming. That’s according to agronomist Dr. Kevin Price of Kansas State University. Even at the price of admission, Price believes the technology is worth the outlay. To hear it from Price, drones are perfect for agricultural applications. He sees the primary farm application for drones as mapping tools to determine where fields need attention. Privacy issues are important, he acknowledges, and should not be minimized, but he says the technology is too important to held back by those concerns.
Predictions are that by 2025, drones will be a $100 billion industry. Price says 80 percent of that will be in agriculture, where there are 10 times the number of applications than in any other area.
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