The use of drones in farming is enabling farmers to more effectively manage their crops.  This video shows how an infrared 3D Robotics Drone can be used to monitor the conditions of the soil and water usage of a vineyard:

Published on Oct 25, 2013

Vigneron Paul Sloan walks every vineyard that he farms once week, and he sometimes walks them 2-3 times a week depending on how critical decisions are. Those are issues like irrigation leaks, color variation, or pests like nematodes.

Sloan, a winemaker and viticulturist at Small Vines Wines, still intends to walk through his vineyards, but he now aims to walk with more intention.

By using a drone manufactured by 3D Robotics, Sloan can use aerial images captured by a camera mounted to the drone which pinpoint areas in his vineyard that need more attention.

From looking at the images, Sloan could physically walk those targeted areas to decide what the issue is.

“It’s not going to prevent you from being in your vineyard,” he said. “It’s just going to give you a more targeted reason for being in your vineyard.”

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