It was in a central Illinois cornfield and along a private airstrip where representatives from three companies demonstrated their UAVs (“drones”) to farmers, precision ag folks and others on Monday.
Three companies demonstrated three very different looking machines. One looked like a mini helicopter and weighed 28 pounds. Another looked like a large bird in flight and, while made of foam, weighed only one pound.
The machines can be controlled remotely by growers and the aircraft does the high-tech scouting for them. Images and date are processed, in some cases, right after the vehicle lands. The UAVs can be programmed ahead of time or controlled as you go.