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Re: Drone use in agriculture

Drones are a great tool for farmers and I believe we'll have a bigger uptake in areas that are still being defined. We are very interested in the very low flying  hover craft as our terrain in the Coastal areas really requires a lot more variance to reach the plants. Our "pecision Ag" element is how can data collection can be quickly integrated into action for the farmers..

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Re: UAS In Idaho

The FAA is certainly interested in the coexistence of manned and unmanned aerial systems.   Current FAA guidance is that unmanned systems will give way to manned aircraft.


"The proponents of the technology are not asking to operate in class G airspace we would be happy at 400 feet in VLOS!"


Per AIM:  Class G airspace (uncontrolled) is that portion of airspace that has not been designated as Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace.  UAS would be operating in Class G if they are not operating in one of the more restrictive classes.


I find it difficult ot believe that UAS operators are willing to restrict themselves to visual line of sight, but we'll see what the FAA has to say about that.


It seems that purveyors of UAS equipment to the public are saying that the gear is really only RC gear, so not subject to FAA commercial rules (not true) or that the FAA won't pay any attnetion to a few little UAS (not true) or that the FAA will eventually cave in to to public use and grant amnesty and a blanket license to UAS as the FCC did to CB.  Maybe.

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Re: Drone use in agriculture

  • Terrain, rock, tree, and obstacle mapping
  • Hybrid lifecycle charting
  • Chlorophyll damage detection
  • Ground cover profiling
  • Wind profile and wind shear assessment
  • Temperature and barometric pressure profiling
  • Spore, dust, pollen counts
  • Water quality assessments and survey
  • Methane, ammonia, and CO2 sensing
  • Trait assessment for breeding
  • Wireless data collection from ground sensors
  • Plant status tracking
  • Crop status (growing stage, yield estimates, etc.)
  • Precision Agriculture prescription data
  • Tiling/drainage evaluation and survey
  • Time-saving pre-assessment for field tasks
  • Oblique shots for de-tassel timing
  • Drainage estimates and topography
  • Planting evaluation and replanting requirements
  • Pathogen introduction and tracking + Weed levels

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Re: Drone use in agriculture

UAS can do these things, but not all well and not all economically.  UAS are one tool, right now not a legal tool, and should be used where there is a  payoff.  They are not a panacea.  Just like precision ag, they will work very well for some and not well at all for others.

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