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Monday, July 06, 2015

Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone.

Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do.

“The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad.

Nearby, farmer Chip Bowling tries his hand at flying one of the drones. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him scout out which individual fields need extra spraying.



Anonymous said...

Need a permit. Gotta make money!
It's a farm! A person's private property! They can fly a drone on it all they want! Idiots fly them in public! Here is another problem in AMERICA ! Stand your ground folks! To much government over reach!

Anonymous said...

Who says I can't fly a drone? I can buy one off the shelf and do whatever the heck I want with it. It's MY land!

Anonymous said...

Makes no sense. I bought the Parrot 2.0 with an HD camera right off the shelf, and nobody is going to stop me from using it to get an aerial view of my farm.