A unique camera is taking to the skies to benefit farmers and their fields.
Farmer, Jeffrey Graybill, is an educator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension. He says the extension’s Lancaster County office bought a $300 drone to identify potential problems.
“Once the corn gets to be 8,9,10 feet high, it’s hard to find anything, you get lost. But with a tool like this, hopefully we can spot it from a distance and go out and investigate,” says Graybill.
The 3-pound drone is battery powered and it can fly up to 400 feet.
Graybill says, “It has sensors here that it knows exactly high off the ground it is, how far it’s going, starting to tilt or go hay wire.”
From the ground, Jeff operates with two virtual joy sticks from an app on his I-Pad.
The drone is also financially friendly.
“If you can go up and identify problem areas in your fields and correct them before the season is advanced, that’s going to save you some money,” says Graybill.
The Federal Aviation Administration says a drone used as a hobby is allowed. If it’s for business, you’ll need FAA approval.
For more information, you’re invited to attend a farming seminar on June 27th. Penn State Extension is hosting the event.