California Farm Looking Towards the Future of Drone Technology
California Farmers are always looking toward the latest technology that will help them make farming more efficient. One California farm in the Central Valley is focused on the future of drone technology as the next gadget to help with farming. Bowles Farming is family owned and operated and has been operating for over 150 years in the Central Valley. The farm operates on 12,000 acres of irrigated land, where they grow a diversity of row crops. Danny Royer, Bowles Farming’s vice president of technology, stated:
Our focus right now is learning where the technology is going to take us. We know that today it might not be doing exactly what we want it to do, or it might not be fitting perfectly into our operation, but it will get there. So let’s start shaping our operation to be prepared for when it is.
Royer is certain that drones will eventually be an essential tool for measuring and analyzing various things on farms. For example, he wants to be able to put together various thermal images into one image to study what needs to be changed on the farm. Royer wants to lower the farm’s water use by about five percent over the next couple of years and aerial views from a drone will help him see any leaks. The only thing that is missing is the technology that will be able to process data and provide insights about the land that farmers are in need of. For now, many farmers will have to be patient until software developers are able to meet the demands of farms so that farmers are able to benefit more from the use of drones.
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