Of the many things that drones can do in agriculture, Mid-Kansas Cooperative,has been looking into autonomous drone technology - like the drones one sees frequently. Except these leave a base station, map a field for 30 minutes with multisensory cameras, return to their base shed, automatically recharge, then autonomously carry out another scouting mission. In an entire day, the drone can fly about 1,000 acres without human intervention. Then it automatically processes the information and sends the crop’s health report to the farmer’s computer or cell phone pinpointing the specific needs of specific locations within the field.
An MKC rep will be on hand to talk about drone usage in more detail.