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Drone Demonstration for Purdue Agriculture

A drone was set off today by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 5:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A drone was set off today by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

The service's goal is to educate and increase the knowledge of what drones are capable of doing.The demonstration was held at Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center in hopes to give farmers another way to help grow and look after their crops.

LT. Governor Suzanne Crouch says she believes drones could be beneficial for farmers trying to protect and grow their crops.

"We are experiencing this very wet spring and delayed planting," said Crouch. "Those drones are extremely useful in terms of helping us assess where we are in the season and in the planting process."

They can do this by setting up a flight plan with their drone software, as it flies up it can take images of the entire field. Drones have the capability of spotting weeds, flooded spots, and drought stress. They are also used to help fertilize and water the soil.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator Mark Cater says it is becoming useful for every farmer to own at least one small drone.

"For farmers, they are revolutionary because they get their eye in the sky," said Crouch. "You don't have to get on top of something tall to be able to see across the field."

Carters goal is to teach students and farmers on how to use them safely and productively.

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