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Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

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By JOHNNY CLARK, Associated Press

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) - Old McDonald had a farm but he never had a flying drone. A group in Georgia that includes government officials, industry leaders and academics has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer's time and resources during the growing season.

The goal is to use an unmanned aerial vehicle with a special camera to survey crops. It can detect water and nutrition issues, insect infestation and fungal infections.

Eric Corban is the founder of a company that helped developed the software.

He said farmers usually walk their fields and can survey only a small portion of their crops. A drone can do that same task in less time and cover an entire field. The technology is now in the testing phase.


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