New drone technology aims to help farmers increase crop yield
ELGIN, Minn. (KTTC) — There’s new drone technology that might be able to help farmers work more efficiently, safely and increase their yield at the same time.
Farmers usually hire pilots who fly helicopters or airplanes to spray fungicides on their crops or spread seed. This usually happens once or twice per season.
The Hart sisters, Bekah, Sarah and Rachel, along with Rachel’s husband Joe, are fourth generation farmers from Elgin and they’ve started a business called ABC Drones LLC, using huge drones to spray crops.
The drone they use is about about 6 feet by 6 feet, and 150 pounds when fully filled.
The Harts said it’s more efficient, they have more control, and they can spray more often, which means a higher crop yield.
It’s still pretty new technology, and the Hart family is only the second family in Minnesota to
use drones in this way on their farm.
“We really see this as a two-year return on investment,” Sarah Hart said. “And the reason why…