Farmers and Ranchers Asked To Embrace Drone Technology

On a clear, sunny day earlier this month, researchers from Kansas State University stood in an open field near Salina and demonstrated a flying object that could easily have been mistaken for a simple model airplane.

The V-shaped orange aircraft with about a five-foot wingspan soared at low altitudes over the field, making simple turns and maneuvers, circling around and then returning back to the controller.

At first glance, it didn’t look much different from the sort of model airplanes that have been popular with hobbyists for years. But K-State researchers, as well as industry experts and a growing number of elected officials, say this vehicle represents the cutting edge of agricultural technology.

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