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Drones to Help Farmers Monitor their Crops (Representational Image)Drones or the aerial vehicle will soon aid farmers to monitor the growth of their crops and also determine if they are in need of pesticide application.

Dennis Bowman, a crop researcher at the University of Illinois, is experimenting with two drones, a remote-controlled Phantom quadcopter and a Parrot AR Drone with GPS to take aerial images of crops that are growing in the university’s farm research areas and find out which areas need attention.

“As the crop gets up and going, we will fly over it. We are also looking at doing some scans over our herbicide studies to see if the drone photography can help us identify where crops are stressed by postemergence herbicide applications,” the Hindu quoted Dennis Bowman, a crop science educator with University of Illinois.
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